It's time to dive into the Sound once again for my nineteeth year participating in Swim Across America. This is a bittersweet event for me because I look forward to the beautiful event at Morgan Park and being with so many friends and family members, but at the same time I wish we didn't have to be there at all. As you know, because you've been supporting me for years, I swim for many people in my life. This year, being pregnant, I will volenteer at the Morgan Park event and do my swim in a pool.
I swim for my Riley girl. Ten years since her first diagnosis and thriving in a wonderful way and we thank God for these years of childhood that she's gotten back through the love, support, medical care and prayers. She still gets MRIs every year to check on her brain, but has been tumor free since 4/4/12. I swim for her.
I swim for my sister-in-law, Karolyn. I only knew her for a short period of time here on earth (which I feel lucky for), but she is a part of our daily lives with our children and she is forever a part of Daniel and who he is...the great man that he is. Karolyn passed away at the age of 28 from breast cancer.
I swim for Stacey Rose. Someone I wanted to be like, someone younger who I looked up to, someone who I wish was still here. If we were all more like Stacey the world would be a better place. I swim to keep her legacy and beauty alive in this world.
I swim for my dad's dad, Marino Foschi. I swim for Dennis McAdam. I swim for Peter Lynch. I swim for Peter Flick. I swim for Rick Linchitz. I swim for Amy Rubinstein. I swim for Joe Curatolo. I swim for Peter Karches. I swim for James Lodato. I swim for Danny Cheatham. I swim for Maria Pappas. I swim for all of the brave people that I know who have battled and BEAT cancer over the years....true inspirations and beacons of HOPE for what we are doing here.