Several more friends have been stricken with cancer over the last year and I am swimming for my 10th consecutive year in their honor on Sunday, August 2nd for Swim Across America. My daughter Kellen will be joining me for her eighth year swimming in this event.
I am swimming this year in honor of Bill White, a childhood friend from Old Greenwich and Brunswick School who is battling prostate cancer, and Leslie Schindel Ponder, a classmate from Gettysburg College who is battling breast cancer. I wish them both strength in their battles and I will do as much as I can to help raise funds to continue the incredible research that is being done to find a cure. I am also swimming in honor of my father, Peter Carlson, Sr., a cancer survivor, on this day to help him celebrate his 90th birthday, since we cannot be with him this year.
This is true social distance swimming from our neighborhood beach at Elias Point in Riverside, around Greenwich Point, to the Rocky Point Club in Old Greenwich, a distance of about three miles. This swim is for the benefit of the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy in Stamford, CT which funds some fabulous cancer researchers and scientists around the country. They are making great progress in their research and their results are what is helping to keep others alive today.
I have teamed up with Team Julian once again to continue the legacy of Julian Fraser, a wonderful young man and a close family friend who lost his battle with osteosarcoma in 2017 at age 20. Julian's legacy is being preserved through this team of dedicated friends, swimmers and fundraisers, and as long as I am able, I will swim and raise money in Julian's memory and for our friends who are fighting the battle, or who have lost the battle with cancer.
Would you please you join me in supporting and honoring my friends and others as we make waves to fight cancer.
In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. I joined the Swim Across America community so that, together, we can change that. I am challenging myself by swimming three miles in the Fairfield County Open Water Swim and raising as much money to fight cancer as I can. 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 and may it help lead to a cancer-free world!
You can make a credit card donation here, or send a check to Swim Across America, 14 Little Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877.