In January 2018, my spouse, Rick Osterberg, was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. Because of funds raised through organizations like Swim Across America, Rick was successfully treated and is back at work full-time. We are fortunate to report that he fully in remission!
Rick and I were committed to Swim Across America before he was diagnosed. For the past several years, Rick has taken photos of the SAA Boston Harbor Swim and uploaded them from the boats. He has arranged for real-time tracking of the SAA crew's location. This April, Rick returned to his role as MC and scoreboard operator for the Boston Pool Relay event. I have swum the Harbor Relay three times and took the high school team that I coached to the Boston Pool Relay in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Because of Rick's diagnosis, our commitments are more personal. The money we raise will help others survive cancer and cope with the side effects of treatment. In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. We are all likely to be touched by this disease.
The Boston-area SAA events benefit quality-of-life research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and pediatric oncology research at the Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center.
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. It will lead to better treatment for cancer patients and cancer survivors!
You can make a credit card donation by clicking on the "Donate Now" button shown in the right sidebar of this page, or you can send a check to Swim Across America - Boston, c/o Jamie Mannion, PO Box 206, 300 Broadway Lbby, Revere, MA 02151. Note: Check should be made out to Swim Across America but please include a note mentioning my name as the swimmer you are supporting!