I served with Tim Treadwell in the Navy but we also have our Maryland roots in common. We were on the USS Enterprise for its last deployment and decommissioning together. He’s a fighter. I knew that before his diagnosis but I’ve seen it even more so afterward. I’m honored to be a part of his team.
Here’s his story:
I was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic cancer in November of 2018. I underwent 4 rounds of chemo before my surgery, then 4 more after. The surgery took part of my esophagus, my entire stomach, my duodenum (first 1/3 of small intestine), my omentum, gallbladder and parts of my peritoneum. Then while stitching up the 12 inch incision from my sternum to below my belly button, my surgeons placed two catheters to perform the recirculating heated chemotherapy infusion which washed over all my internal organ surfaces to hopefully eliminate the peritoneal disease not visible to the naked eye. Now here we are, 11 months post surgery and after 2 clear scans I received the heartbreaking news from my third scan that cancer has reared its ugly head once again. Treatment is still unknown, the outlook at this time is unknown, but what I do know is that I WILL fight, I know I WILL complete this 3 mile swim and I WILL advocate for those who are fighting the same fight I am. I will not give up. Please make a donation in honor of someone you know who has battled cancer and won, who is still fighting, or was taken too soon because of this horrible disease. My wife Maria, my 5 year old daughter Harper, my 1 year old daughter Hazel and myself will be forever grateful for your support and contributions to help families like ours battling cancer.
In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. I joined the SAA community so that, together, we can change that. I am challenging myself by swimming in the Baltimore 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!
You can make a credit card donation here, or send a check to 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!