In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. I joined the SAA community so that, together, we can change that. As many of you know, in 2012 my younger sister Nicole was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia, and unfortunately, almost three years ago we discovered that it had returned. We are eternally grateful for the miraculous efforts of our friends, family, doctors, and the cancer survivor community who helped us then, and continue to help us today. By participating in Swim Across America, my hope is to fund the research that will make sure that cancer diagnosis is no longer something people have to hear in their lifetimes.
In May of this year, Nicole received another diagnosis after noticing a freckle on her chest that didn't look normal - it ended up being a Stage 1 melanoma. We are all grateful it was caught early, but it reminds us that cancer doesn't stop. We need to continue fighting alongside COVID.
For the ninth year, I am challenging myself impact in the fight to find a cure, albeit on land (mostly!) this year. Thank you for your generosity and may it lead to a cancer-free world!