I am back for my ninth year of Swim Across America Baltimore at the 10th anniversary of the Baltimore event! Thanks to all your support in the last 8 years, I have raised over $99,000 for this cause. This year my goal is $18,000 to raise my 9 year total to over $117,000 and be one of the top national fundraisers. I am honored to be able to help make such an impact to such an important cause. Swim Across America is a nationwide organization that raises money for cancer research. This year, Swim Across America is holding 20 open water swims and 87 pool swims across the country. That is over 100 events raising money to support those who have fought and those who are fighting. This year’s Baltimore event is September 15th at High Tide Farm in Pasadena, MD.
At the swim this year I will again be doing the three mile swim, joined by my brother, sister, and mom. My brother will be doing 3 miles, my sister is doing 1, and my mom is doing 2.
My main inspiration for swimming is my brother Michael, who passed away from mixed lineage leukemia when he was nine months old. I was 2 when he was born and 3 when he was diagnosed and died. I don’t remember every second but I do remember loving every minute with him. Whether I was being his doctor, playing bingo with Annie, feeding him cupcakes or steak, taking him on walks, playing with the clowns, watching football, snuggling with him, or hugging him, I am told I was always smiling when I was with him, and his face lit up whenever I walked into his room. These are the memories I hold on to and remember while I swim. To me, this event is not just about raising money to finding a cure, it’s to honor and remember those who fought their battle and prevent other parents, siblings, and families from going through the loss of a loved one. I swim to honor Dr. Robert Arceci or “Dr. Bob” who was Michael’s smart, kind, and loving pediatric oncologist who died in a motorcycle accident four years ago. Everyday Dr. Bob and his team of doctors did everything they could for Michael but it wasn’t enough. I also swim in memory of my great-aunt Alison who died Christmas Day 2014 after a 7 year fight with lung cancer, and for my uncle Michael, my mom’s brother, who lost his fight to glioblastoma before I was born. You could say I’ve been touched by cancer a few times, and you’d be right. That’s why I want to do everything I can so other families won’t go through what my family and I have gone through. I heard a quote this past year that inspired me, “Fighting for those in the fight of their lives.” I am swimming for everyone battling cancer and fighting for their lives.
This year, for my involvement in Swim Across America, I was selected as one of four finalists recognized by the world champion US Women’s National Soccer Team in the She Believes Hero contest. The She Believes contest is intended to inspire the next generation by spotlighting a young teen who is a leader in their community, a confident and passionate individual who empowers others around them and works to make a difference. It was an honor to be recognized for the efforts I am making. Unfortunately I did not win, but I’ll be back next year with an even bigger resumé thanks to your generous donations.
I would greatly appreciate any donation you are able to make, whether it be to the swim, my team, my teammates, or me. I would love to add my name to the Alec Cosgarea plaque for the 8th time, and that means I need your support. The Alec Cosgarea award goes to the highest fundraiser under the age of 18. This award means a lot to me because it means I am making the biggest impact I can. Even if I know I am the highest fundraiser, hearing my name announced each year is so special. I would like to thank you in advance for your support and donations.
PLEASE DONATE SO A CURE FOR CANCER CAN BE FOUND AND MORE LIVES ARE NOT LOST!
You can make a credit card donation here, or send a check to Swim Across America, PO Box 5384, Baltimore, MD 21209