Welcome to My Personal Page
Friends: For the second consecutive year, I am going to be participating in Swim Across America (“SAA”), an event that raises money for cancer research, clinical trials and patient programs. For you cyclists, SAA is the swimming equivalent of Pelotonia. SAA was founded in 1987 and has since raised over $100M to fight cancer. SAA hosts a number of events across the U.S. each year – I will be swimming one mile in Lake Michigan at Ohio Beach in Chicago, IL on August 12, 2023, as part of TEAM MATT.
Cancer has profoundly impacted the lives of those I love and our immediate family in recent years. We lost Donna’s father, Bob McLain, in 2011 (multiple myeloma), my sister-in-law, Jordana, in 2018 (colon/liver cancer), and most recently my younger brother Matt (who lived in Chicago) in October 2021 (pancreatic cancer) – all way too young. Both my father (colon) and I (melanoma) have also had issues with cancer in recent years, but in both instances, it fortunately was detected very early. While cancer’s impact on our family was the impetus for me deciding to participate in SAA, I am very aware that cancer impacts just about everyone in some way. There have been countless others I have known who have been lost to or are battling cancer – HS and college classmates, siblings and parents of HS classmates, friends, clients . . . my participation in SAA is to honor all those who have been lost to cancer and to support all those who are currently fighting cancer and to make a small contribution to what hopefully will ultimately be the eradication of this horrible disease.
Events like SAA do make a difference – 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to the fight against cancer. Incredible progress has been made in recent years, but there is still much work to be done in this fight. I hope you will consider supporting this effort in any way that you can. Here is a link to my personal donation page:
OR you can go to www.swimacrossamerica.org – DONATE, and enter my name.
I know many of you support and are asked to support many charitable causes. Accordingly, I fully understand if you do not wish, or are not in a position, to support my effort. In any event, I appreciate your thought and consideration.