This will be the 8th year I've taken part in the Swim Across America - Dallas Open Water Swim. In just 6 years we have raised over $2,000,000 for the Swim Across America Innovative Clinical Trials Center at the Baylor Cancer Center in Dallas.
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. Three people very close to me that have lost a fight with Cancer are Leo Cancellare, Katy Robertson Smith, and Ed O'Brien. A little over a year ago I'm happy to report my Aunt Margie Stubbs was diagnosed with cancer and after 5 tough months of treatment was declared cancer free! This horrible disease continues to affect so many which is why I'm swimming to fight cancer!
Leo was my age group swim coach and one of the most influential people in my life. Thymic Carcinoma took him at the young age of 41. Katy was one of my wife Jana's best friends. Cancer of the Adrenal gland took her at the young age of 35. Ed O'Brien was a close family friend and lost his fight in 2013. Margie was diagnosed with B Cell lymphoma and they'll continue to monitor in the years to come.
On September 22nd I am joining the SAA community for a seventh year so that, together, we can fight cancer. I am challenging myself by swimming in the 3 mile Open Water Swim and raising as much money to fight cancer as I can. 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.
If you can help, please go to my personal page and select the 'Donate' link. If you would like to swim in the event, please click "Join Team" on the right.
All donations are tax-deductible and every dollar makes a difference! Thank you for helping me 'Make Waves to Fight Cancer.'