11 years in a row! Still fighting cancer one stroke at a time! So much progress has been made over the time that I have been participating in the Swim Across America 22-mile relay swim in Boston Harbor, yet so much more needs to be done. I started this swim in 2009 because I lost two very special people to cancer the year before- my friend Jeff Dropo and my second mom, Mrs. Worth. I never imagined how many people I knew would be stricken by the nasty “C” after taking that initial plunge including one of the most important people in my life -my mom. By now, you have come to know how important this event is for me.
Despite all of the hard work by great researchers and medical professionals, my list for whom I swim has grown greatly in just the last 11 years. I will continue to swim for all those battling cancer until a cure is found! This year I will be swimming for my dear friend Richie Martin. Richie has been one of my biggest supporters in this swim as well as all of my swim adventures, and he just underwent surgery for lung cancer. This is for you Richie! Rock on. I will also swim for those that have lost the battle to this terrible disease: my Mamere, Uncle Bob, Micki Harris, Ed Colbert, Jeff Dropo, Rick Starkweather, Mrs. Worth, Mr. Vehlow, Mr. Gallo, Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell, Cliff H, Bonnie B and Jeff Houston. Finally, I will swim for all those that are currently undergoing treatment and those that have survived the big C: Sherri H, Kitty, Aunt Gerry, Aunt Sandy, Laura S, Gerriann S, Kathy G, Joel F, Kelly A, John M, Marilyn F, Kristin M, Michael M, B Joyce L, Barbara M, Amy V, Jan D, Linda M, Gail H, Craig F, Maria P, Bob C, Bob S, Cathy B, Ann B, Ellen W, Jack W, Chuck C, Mr. Humphries and of course my mom who is now celebrating 9 years’ cancer free!!
An estimated 40% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime. Meanwhile, National Cancer Institute funding for investigative research and clinical trials has decreased 25% the past 10 years. This benefit swim is so important because it raises dollars that are invested into early stage cancer research and clinical trials. The researchers we are funding are in our community and are the next generation of cancer pioneers. Without Swim Across America early stage funding, they are not able to conduct trials that can lead to breakthroughs that can save lives.
You have the chance to help others bring the cure closer and support me in my swimming efforts with a donation. Any donation helps!
Thank you so much for your support as we "Make Waves Defeat Cancer."