Swim Across America 2021: Can't Stop. Won't Stop.
Four years ago I started supporting Swim Across America, which helps to fund the research and work of brilliant doctors all across the country who are relentlessly pursuing ways to beat cancer, to extend life, and to provide hope. Little did I know then just how personal my SAA story would become.
A little over two years ago my dad was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic lung cancer. Though the diagnosis traditionally carried a prognosis of 4-6 months to live, we would be given the gift of additional time with him by one of the drugs that came to market because of Swim Across America (Keytruda). My dad ultimately lost his battle with cancer at the end of March of this year. He was a master paella-maker, the man you wanted to anchor your relay, wicked dancer to Sir Mix-A-Lot's Baby's Got Back, sage advisor, loyal friend, and one of my biggest supporters both in the pool and in life.
For me, it is more important than ever to champion the groundbreaking and life changing work that Oncologists, researchers, and institutions take on with funds provided by Swim Across America. Will you please join me?
I’ll do the hard part and swim- I’ll be swimming a mile in recognition of every chemo and radiation treatment my dad had to endure and that my dear childhood friend Susan is currently going through. Right now, that tally is 23 treatments (23 miles). Each mile will be dedicated to a friend or family member who has or who has fought cancer. Trust me, there are more than enough names to fill that list! All I ask is that you please consider making a contribution to my fundraising campaign.
Funds raised as part of the Charlotte event go directly to the Levine Cancer Center and Levine Children’s Hospital.
This is about so much more than awareness. I think we are all fully aware of the beast known as cancer and what it can do. This year alone several dear friends have had to hear the dreaded words ‘you have cancer’. Some will beat it, some will not. I’m here now to do what I can to fight it, to try and tame it for one of my best childhood friends, our dear friends Roland and Rebecca, and for the millions of other families and friends watching their loved ones go through the same thing.
There are so many worthy causes that need our attention and focus right now. If you are so compelled and are able to do so, I would love to have you help my fundraising campaign with Swim Across America. Every little bit helps.
You can click on the link here on this fundraising page, but if you feel more comfortable you can send in a check directly to Swim Across America, 8508 Park Rd. #389, Charlotte, NC 28210.
Checks should be made out to Swim Across America but please include a note mentioning my name as the swimmer you are supporting. Thank you for your time and for your support!
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