This will be my sixth year that I am participating in Swim Across America, an excellent organization. SAA has contributed to the launch of a new drug, Keytruda. Here's some information on the new drug:
For the first time, the FDA has approved a drug—KEYTRUDA—for cancer-based disease genetics rather than the site of a tumor. KEYTRUDA now can be used for colon, pancreatic, stomach, ovarian and other cancers if genetic testing reveals defects in so-called mismatch repair. The clinical trials for KEYTRUDA were conducted at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute. The testimonial letter from Johns Hopkins acknowledges that in 2009, Swim Across America was the first organization to believe in the KEYTRUDA research project and provide grant funding for KEYTRUDA clinical trials. In total, over $2.6 million in proceeds from SAA—Baltimore have funded clinical trials and lifesaving research at Johns Hopkins.
My first year, I swam for my mom, a survivor of non Hodgkins lymphoma; four years ago it was for Bernie, my mom's husband. Three years ago I swam for Molly - a vibrant young woman who was diagnosed w Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia - and I'm happy to report she's doing amazing! Last year I swam for Harvey Berenson, my husbands cousin who has been fighting Myelodysplastic Bone Marrow Disorder. This year I had the opportunity to visit the research center where the donations go to at Sloan Kettering. It was fascinating and exciting to know that our fundraiser has positively affected so many lives through the research we fund.
My team is "Team Bruce," in honor of Bruce Dunbar, a swim mate and friend to my fearless team captain, Josh Glantz. 1 1/2 years ago Bruce was diagnosed w Lung Cancer, one of his lungs collapsed and he had lesions on his spine and brain. Because of immunotherapy, which was approved one month before his diagnosis for his disease, Bruce is living and doing 100%!!!!
This year, in addition to swimming in honor of Bruce, I am swimming for everyone who has been afflicted by this horrible disease - survivors like my mom, Larry (my husband), my cousins Michael & Ruthie, Harvey, Molly, and for those who have been less fortunate and succumbed to the disease, like Bernie, my Aunt Helen, my Aunt Pearl, our neighbor Michelle Hirsch, Paulie Jiminez - a 9 year old boy in our community and all others.
I love to swim and even though I've done it five times by now, I am still overwhelmed when I jump in the water to embark on this open water swim that will take place on July 27th. I will once again enter the waters at the Larchmont Yacht Club and will pray for calm seas and a sunny day and most of all for your support!!!
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.
Please support me by sponsoring my swim and making a gift. With your support last year I was able to raise over $15,000!!! Let's see if we can raise the bar.
The money raised goes to: The Cancer Support Team based in Mamaroneck, NY that provides many services to cancer patients and their families, the Tommy Palazzo Fellowship for Pediatric Oncology Research at the Children's Hospital in NY and the Swim Across America Research Lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Thank you for your generosity and may it lead to a cancer-free world!
Please make a credit card donation here, or send a check to Swim Across America.