After graduating high school, I was given a ring with the engraving, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." Ever since then this saying has been my reminder of the importance to focus on the journey and not the destination. This isn't an easy feat because I want to get to the outcome or end result.
Like many, doubt and fear have not allowed me to step forward, "I can't do that, I'm not in shape," "I'm not ready, I need to practice more," and so on and so on. I'm sure I'm not the first nor the last to think this or mutter this to others. It was from a wise coach (thanks, Cat!) who recently pointed out that one needs to go through a process to gain confidence and achieve one's goals. One's goals can be anything. In this case, my goals is participating in this swim; to have the confidence to "jump in."
Swimming this one-mile in the Rhode Island Open Water Swim will be both for me but also in honor of my mom, May. My mom, who is a survivor of breast cancer, is one of the strongest women I know.
Unfortunately, in a world where cancer is rampant, sometimes it feels like nothing or very little can be done. If you or someone you know has or had cancer, please consider supporting me by sponsoring my swim and making a donation. If you would like to donate in honor or in memory of someone you care about, feel free to let me know the name of the person, so that I can swim in their honor.
The money you give will go towards cancer research, prevention and treatment and will make an impact in the fight to find a cure.
You can make a credit card donation here, or send a check to Swim Across America, c/o Kitty Tetreault, 30 Bullard Street, Walpole, MA 02081. Checks should be made out to Swim Across America and please include a note with my name as the swimmer you are supporting!