Dear Friends and Family,
In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. I joined the Swim Across America (SAA) community so that, together, we can change that. We are challenging ourselves by swimming in the Nantucket Island Swim and raising as much money to fight cancer on Nantucket/Boston.
This is my fifth year swimming for SAA. I started this swim with my husband John in memory of his wife Sue. Unfortunately as we have all experienced, I am now swimming for many more loved ones who are survivors, who are currently in treatment or who have died. My list grows every year so it is critical that we continue to raise awareness as well as funding to find a CURE. This year I am swimming for those that continue to inspire me - my sister Maryann Polito, Adele Keeley, Jim Keohane, and in memory of Susan Szum and Bob Russell, the list could go on and on. There are many loved ones that struggle every day with a cancer diagnosis, cancer treatments or who have lost the battle - I am swimming in support of all of those I love and have lost. As many of you know when I started this I was not a great swimmer but after 5 years I am feeling more confident in the open water and enthusiatically participate in this swim.
As a nurse, I am humbled every day by witnessing the care, compassion and support that health care providers give not only to patients but their families and loved ones. Cancer affects everyone at some point in your life - so whether you support my cause or any cause - lets join together to beat this disease.
I am committed to swimming 1/2 mile in the Nantucket waters to raise money for SAA - so I am asking for any donation to this wonderful cause. I have begun training and with my wet suit and slow free style I will succeed - not to mention the slight anxiety I have of swimming in Nantucket - known to have some sharks and I looking like a seal - will inspire me to swim straight and fast.
Thanks for your support
You can make a credit card donation by clicking on "Make a Gift" or send a check to Swim Across America, c/o Jill Roethke, Swim Across America - Nantucket PO Box 3271, Nantucket, MA 02584