Kara Carlson and Kim Pignato
In November 2020, Austin Grady, the love of my life, died from colon cancer. On July 25, 2021 I will swim four miles in Nantucket Sound in memory of Austin and to raise money for Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket. During the last year of his life, Austin spent many hours in the Swim Across America Infusion Center at NCH where he received kind and compassionate care from the loving oncology nurses. For the past two years, Austin and I both also benefited greatly from the comprehensive care and full range of services that PASCON provides including cancer support groups, yoga, travel funds, and grief counseling. Dianne Bein, Libby Tracey, and Dr. Timothy Lepore were there for Austin throughout his illness providing steadfast care and support. I can personally attest to the worthiness of these two organizations and the importance of having cancer treatment and care available on island.
If you are able, please support me by making a donation to my personal fundraising page. Every bit helps and will make a huge impact for those fighting cancer on Nantucket.