I've been a proud participant in the SAA Boston Pool Relay and Harbor Swim for over 15 years. Each year I recruit swimmers, volunteers, friends and family to help raise funds to support cancer research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center. This year's events were slated to take place on April 5th (pool) and July 10th (harbor) but both were postponed due to Covid-19 concerns. But not to be deterred, I still want to Make Waves to Fight Cancer. After all, cancer does not go into quarantine!
Fortunately, we have an awesome alternative:
For this year only, the two SAA Boston events will join together to complete a Coast to Coast Challenge, a virtual activity tracking and fundraising challenge where participants will work together to travel across America in support of two amazing beneficiaries. Although my access to a swimming pool is still limited, and the ocean temps are perfect, I also plan to count my daily walks and yoga (no running for me, however!). Our virtual route will travel to each Swim Across America open water event city (21 total "stops") for a 7,686-mile journey. One hour of fitness activity = 3 Coast to Coast miles. One activity mile = 1 Coast to Coast mile.The Coast to Coast Challenge will run from June 15th-Sept 7th. Please consider joining me!
The SAA Boston events are some of my favorite activities each year. Here's why I participate:
- The people are inspiring! From the patients undergoing cancer treatments, to the incredible doctors and nurses who work tirelessly for a cure, to my fellow athletes (both young and old) who find friendship and fulfillment through the sport of swimming, I always look forward to these annual gatherings.
- Even though we're small fish in a big pond, WE ALL CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOGETHER. If we each do our part, no matter how small, the world will be a better place.
If you're able, please click on the "Donate" button to give online. Checks may also be made out to "Swim Across America" and sent to:
Swim Across America - Boston
c/o Jamie Mannion
PO Box 206
300 Broadway Libby
Revere, MA 02151
I'm also "captain" of Team CRM so I also welcome everyone to join me for this virtual Coast to Coast Challenge while raising funds for a worthy cause. Please participate in any way, shape or form. I'll be forever grateful.
Thank you so very much!