Hello friends and family,
The past few years that I have done this swim I have not fundraised. However, after a year and a half fighting my own cancer, the mission of the orginization means so much more to me. This year, I'm hoping to really make a mark, so Evan and I will match your contribution up to $5,000. If we do this, I would be enormously grateful. Please click the blue DONATE button on the right of the screen to show you are with me on this journey and read my story below to understand more fully, WHY I SWIM!
Last year I was diagnosed with a very treatable breast cancer when I was 46 and my two daughters were 7 and 10 years old. While my prognosis was good, I still had to endure a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. I felt the fear, the pain, the debilitating exhaustion and the emotional trauma that everyone with cancer experiences, but I was grateful, because as much as I detested the disease, it was happening to me and not my children. I'm an adult capable of coping, understanding and using events like SAA to motivate me to stay strong in the face of adversity. Last summer I swam SAA just 8 days after my last chemo treatment. For me, SAA is a celebration of my strength, of surviving, but that is not entirely why I do this event. I SWIM because as a mom I don't want any child forced to face the darkness of cancer. I SWIM because a child should not be forced to give up their insouciant life to battle a wickedly demanding disease. I SWIM because I want cancer to be treatable for everyone. I SWIM because I think pediatric cancer should be the top priority in cancer research and I SWIM because I know that SAA is dedicated to this cause, my cause.
Thank you for your generosity and may it lead to a cancer-free world!