Transitions! In the last 12 months, I have had many transitions in my life…moved into a new house after 18 years, watched Andrew graduate high school, seen too many friends learn that they have cancer and other illnesses, and even had to say final goodbyes to a few loved ones. Most days, I see life as beautiful, magical and filled with positivity. Yet, at the same time, it is messy and uncertain. Despite the obstacles and sorrow, I do the best I can to stay committed to the things that are important to me.
Fighting cancer is one of those personal missions for me. There are so many reasons, and like most experiences in life, the reasons evolve over time. I have been connected and committed to fighting cancer over 30 years. From countless hours fundraising and volunteering my time, to running and swimming in various events. But, for the last 9 years, my focus has been with Swim Across America (SAA). While I stumbled across SAA by chance as I was looking for an activity I could do with my nephew, Tim Buttigieg, SAA has changed my life for the better. And, I am grateful.
I officially joined SAA’s Board of Directors in 2017 and with my new found “up close and personal” look behind the curtains of SAA, I am more blown away by their mission, goals, and dedication. I have profound gratitude for the work they do and for the people involved, and I am lucky to call them friends. Their passion to beat cancer runs deep and I am inspired to do more to help.
So, once again I will tackle the 2K Long Island Sound Open Water swim (and I really don’t like open water swimming!) on Saturday, July 27th. I am proud that Team BeachBum will swim together for a 2nd year and we have 6 swimmers! Please support any one of us! Team BeachBum needs your help. Our goal for this year’s swim is $40,000. Over the past 8 years, we have raised over $275,000. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY!
I am proud to introduce you to our BeachBum Team:
Kimberly Wilson Wetty - Team Captain and swimming for the 9th time
Tim Buttigieg - Swimming for the 8th time
Andrew Wetty - Swimming for the 4th time
Ashley Wetty - Swimming for the 2nd time
Chris Garcia - Swimming for the 2nd time
Mary Rotenberg - Swimming for the 2nd time
Hank Blom - Rookie Year
Callie Starbuck - Rookie Year
Kevin McCarthy - Rookie Year
Did you know that in our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer? Every 15 minutes, 50 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer. They will hear those heavy words…you have cancer. Sobering reality. The pain, anguish and suffering is awful and affects our loved ones, colleagues and friends. We need hope, love and support to find an end to cancer.
For me personally, cancer continues to hit way too close to home and I want a world where we are cancer free. So, until then, we keep fighting. We keep raising money for medical trials. We keep bringing awareness and support to our communities.
As many of you know, I love hugs. I think they just make everything a little better. Through my swimming and fundraising efforts to fight cancer, I hope to send hugs to people fighting cancer. To the family and friends of their loved ones fighting cancer. To the doctors and nurses who are taking care of cancer patients. To all those who are working to find a cure for cancer. And, anyone else who simply needs a hug. We all deserve them!
Please consider donating as we make waves to fight cancer. Feel free to donate to any one of us (you can search for our individual names on the Swim Across America website) or log onto our Team Page...it all goes to the same great cause! Every dollar matters!
Team BeachBum: http://www.swimacrossamerica.org/goto/TeamBeachBum
Thank you for your consideration! Wishing you a joyous and happy summer!
With love and HUGS,