Why We Swim, written by Bonnie Tsui, is a fun read for a swimmer, it might be torture to a non-swimmer. After reading it, I am closer to a swimmer than a non-swimmer. The passion she shares, the enthusiasm of channel swimmers is far beyond me, So, why do I swim?
Since I can remember I have been comfortable in the water, it was critical for my summers at Manomet Beach. Lessons in coffee colored waters of Warners Pond certainly made me long for the clear water of Walden Pond and the Atlantic. I love to swim, but I really embraced the open waters when I had the unwelcome task to replace my ailing brother, Ed, in the Boston Leg of Swim Across America. (Ed lost his battle – today would be his 62nd birthday)
If you don’t know Swim Across America, it is a wonderful fund raiser that raises funds for “local” Cancer research. When I swim the cold, choppy, algae filled waters of Boston Harbor, I feel like I am earning the right to at least ask for your support, but honestly, it is my favorite day of the year. In the past you have made donations to SAA, these donations go directly to MGH Children’s Cancer Center the Dana Farber Cancer Center. You have helped these great hospitals fight and in some cases, win a few battles against Cancer.
I hate to ask in these unusual times, it is not in support of my cold plunge, but simply a reminder of the importance of continued support of those organizations that matter to you. Maybe this year SAA is not on your radar, but, while COVID has impacted all of us, it has impacted some even more. Please, if you can offer your financial support, do so, for SAA or any organization in need. To Support SAA, click below: