Dear Friends and Family,
Kevin Shine asked me to participate in this event back in 2003 when my brother Paul was diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma, which metastasized to his liver in 2008 and he passed away in 2010. In July of 2017, we lost my Father-in-Law Tom to Esophogeal Cancer. In February 2018, we lost my Dad to late stage Multiple Sclerosis and then in March of 2018, we lost my brother-in-law Richie to Small Intestine Cancer. Later that year on October 31st 2018, we lost my beautiful sister JoAnn to Lepto Meningeal Disease after battling Hodgkins, Breast and Lung Cancer prior to that. JoAnn's daughter Angela is in the middle of her own battle having been diagnosed with Leukemia shortly before JoAnn passed away. She has shown incredible strength, determination and courage throughout her battle and is doing well.
This years event is being held on Saturday, August 1st and Team Our Answer To Cancer will dedicate the swim to the memory of Tom Malone, my son-in-law Rob's father, who passed away on March 19, 2020 from Metastatic Melanoma. Tom was only diagnosed on February 2, 2020, had emergency back surgery later that week and then immediately began radiation and immunotherapy treatments at Memorial Sloan Kettering over the next 45-days before succumbing to the disease. Tom was an avid fisherman and kayaker, having kayaked over 500 miles last summer in the Long Island waters. He was a great family man and was so proud of his wife Meg, 3 children (Caitlin, Rob & Sarah) and 3 grandchildren (James, Grant and Benjamin). Tom was also President of VOXX Advanced Solutions in Hauppauge and had an incredible zest for family, work and life.
Please help our cause by joining our team as a swimmer, volunteer or make a secure online donation on our website. There is no better way to honor or memorialize your loved ones as the proceeds go directly to Cancer Research & Treatment Priorities at MSK, Mercy Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, Feinstein Institute at LIJ and Cold Spring Harbor Labs!
Thank you & God Bless,
2018 UPDATE: Please send all check donations to the following address:
Swim Across America
734 Franklin Ave #301
Garden City, NY 11530
Please include a note mentioning the name of the swimmer you are supporting.