2019 marks my ninth Dallas Open Water Swim! It is also my fourth Swim Across America season as Captain of Loretta’s Gills, a tribute team in memory of my Mom who died of lung cancer.
Last year my SAA Making Waves Tour took me to Tampa, Greenwich, Chicago, St. Louis, Seattle and Dallas. This year I added Houston. And while I still have hopes of checking all the SAA open water swims off my bucket list, my focus for 2019 is supporting SAA Dallas at the Dallas Open Water Swim. Sadly, I will not be able to join my Dallas SAA family and swim at Lake Ray Hubbard. The date of the swim was changed and a SwimTrek swimming holiday was previously booked. Together with my daughter, we will still be supporting SAA Dallas on September 14th with an off-site swim in Santorini, Greece. Team Loretta's Gills is going international with the Gills Greek Odyssey!
I am especially inspired and motivated to swim for donations that benefit the Swim Across America Innovative Clinical Trials Center (ICTC) at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center. I am swimming in support of a former blood bank colleague. She dedicated her life to providing lifesaving transfusions to support cancer therapies and is now a cancer patient herself.
Why. I Swim. To honor. To support. To give others hope. To help cancer patients on their journey to become cancer survivors. To raise money to fund the research and clinical trials desperately needed to advance the standard of care for cancer therapies.
No amount is too small to help researchers get new treatment options to the patients whose lives depend on them.
You can make a credit card donation by clicking on my personal page's DONATE NOW link to the right, or by sending a check to Swim Across America Dallas, PO Box 822254, Dallas, TX 75382. (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 generous support and encouragement.
Together we are Making Waves to Fight Cancer!
Please take a minute visit Loretta’s Gills Team Page too.