She instilled in us at a young age to never take life for granted and to appreciate the things you do have. I’m grateful for all the sacrifices she makes for us daily so that my sisters and I can have the life she always dreamt of. And even though my sisters and I can be tough to handle at times, she has never failed to be there for us.
My mom has undoubtedly been my biggest supporter ever since she put me in swim lessons. Always cheering the loudest, smiling the biggest, I could always spot her in the stands at meets. Being on three swim teams, sometimes all at the same time, I know I wouldn’t have had any success without her unconditional love and encouragement. She taught me to be brave, confident, and resilient. Even on the darkest of days, she never stopped believing in me.
The hardest part of leaving home for college next week is knowing that I won’t be with her at chemotherapy infusions or be there to comfort her when she feels sick and weak. That is why I am honored and committed to be contributing to future cancer research. It’s so that one day, no one has to experience what my mom and my family are currently going through.
In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. On September 8th, I will be swimming in honor of my Mom. I joined the SAA community so that, together, we can change that. I am challenging myself by swimming in the Rhode Island Open Water Swim and raising as much money to fight cancer as I can. Please support me by sponsoring my swim and making a gift. The money you give will go towards cancer research, prevention and treatment and will make an impact in the fight to find a cure. Thank you for your generosity and may it lead to a cancer-free world!
It means a lot to me, my mom, and my family.
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 but please include a note mentioning my name as the swimmer you are supporting!