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Seattle Open Water Swim

Martha and Family 2011
Martha and Family 2011

Team Martha Ries

Thanks for being part of Team Martha Ries.

Marty and I have been organizing, swimming and raising funds for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance since the inaugural event in 2009. In 2015, Marty was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and May 29th 2016 she passed away. This is quite devastating and life changing for me, our two children, and all her friends and relatives. We are not the only ones and our resolve to carry on to help discover treatments and fight cancer are ever more empowered. Recently, I learned that my friend Bill Kinsella was diagnosed with pancreas cancer. He has a wonderful wife and great two daughters, April 13th 2017, he too passed away. We hope and pray and swim for them. In 2013 Marty's dad Andry Ries died from cancer, we remember, pray and swim for Andy. In the year of Martha's treatment we educated ourselves as much as we could, learning that SO MUCH MORE KNOWLEDGE is needed to make headway against cancer and in particular pancreas cancer. Monetary support fuels the engine of discovery. Reach out to all you know to support the research which is making progress each day, and we are gaining solutions for more and more people. On behalf of all cancer survivors and in memory of all those that have not survived, expecially Marty we thank you for supporting research to fight and irradicate cancer, by honoring of my wonderful wife and mother of my children, Martha Ries.

Peace and Love,


In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. We joined the SAA community so that, together, we can change that. We are challenging ourselves by swimming in the Seattle Open Water Swim and raising as much money to fight cancer as we can. Please support us by sponsoring our 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!

You can make a credit card donation by clicking on one of the members of our team below, or send a check to Swim Across America, c/o

Scott Whelan, 8711 SE 44th Place, Mercer Island, WA 98040

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Swim Across America, Inc., [SAA] is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming- related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, SAA is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service.

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