In November 2018, a week and a half after his second daughter was born, my younger brother, Tim, was diagnosed with stomach cancer. A few weeks later, we found out it was Stage 4. Fear and terror were rampant through all of us as we moved through the steps towards beginning treatment. Thankfully, Johns Hopkins was where he would have his treatment. Hopkins has been an amazing place throughout this past year and a half. Katie Swan, our team captain, has been an amazing help, and as the organizer of Hopkins for Heroes, which is one of the key reasons Tim has had the opportunity to see the doctors he has, she is swimming in honor of Tim for the Hopkins for Heroes Team. Tim has been fortunate to have had a successful surgery, which included a special procedure, HIPEC, where they wash your abdominal cavity in hot chemo. He was fortunate to have two clear scans before we learned at the beginning of 2020 that there were changes on his most recent scan, likely pointing to a recurrence. Despite this devastating news, he's pressing on and taking things as they come.
In addition to my brother being diagnosed with stomach cancer, I have had two close friends/family members go through breast cancer treatment in the past four years, one began treatment prior to age 30, another prior to age 40. Another friend has gone through treatment for a GI cancer just last year, too, under age 35. This swim is for them, too. None of this is fair, and it is now deep in my heart to advocate for awareness and funding.
. Swim Across America - Baltimore, PO BOX 5384, Baltimore, MD 21209
Check should be made out to Swim Across America but please include a note mentioning my name as the swimmer you are supporting!