This year marks the 43rd anniversary since my first bout with cancer. I was just 21 years old and was treated at Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center in New York City, one of Swim Across America's beneficiaries. As the years go on, I realize that I am committed more than ever to raise money to help Swim Across America help investigators, researchers, physicians, and support services find a cure for cancer in our lifetime. Swim Across America raises money through open water events and pool swims across the United States and last year gifted almost $5 million.
This year, in honor of my 43 years of survival, and my 65th birthday, my goal is to have 65 swimmers, kayakers and/or volunteeers on Team Susan Survives and together raise $165,000. Please join my team and jump into the SF Bay with me on September 27, 2020. If that isn't an option, join us on the boat, on the beach, or kayak along side of us. Anyone can be a member of Team Susan Survives - volunteers and swimmers alike! If that is not possible, a donation will work too!
I am honored and proud to have survived cancer 3 times, and I want nothing more than to have anyone who ever gets a cancer diagnosis to have the chance to live and survive as I have. My second cancer was 22 years ago, and my 3rd was almost 11 years ago in 2009. That year, I could not swim with Swim Across America because I was recovering from a 6 1/2 hour Whipple surgery for neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer and spent 23 days at Stanford Hospital.
This year, I'm hoping that friends, old and new, from near and far will join me and Team Susan Survives to raise money for cancer research. It's for a great cause, it is a great challenge, and it is a way to give back. As NIH and other government funds are harder and harder get, non-profits like Swim Across America are desperately needed to fill in the funding gaps. This year, I am also swimming in memory and in honor of far too many people to name. Their names will be on my cap. But there is one woman, in particular, that I must mention, my mom, Edna Helmrich. She passed away last year at age 92 and was a 53-year breast cancer survivor. She is my role model and my hero.
So please join Team Susan Survives, volunteer, or donate and help us help Swim Across America find a cure. You can be sure that 80 cents of every dollar will go directly to research or support services here in the Bay area to our local beneficiaries, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in SF and Oakland.
In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. SAA wants to change that. The money you give will go towards cancer research, prevention and treatment and will make an impact in the fight to find a cure. Thank you for your generosity and may it lead to a cancer-free world!
You can make a credit card donation by clicking on one of the members of our team below, or send a check to Swim Across America, 1684 8th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122. If you are supporting me or Team Susan Survives! please write that on the memo line.If you are donating through FB, you can just click the "DONATE" button.Thanks for your support,
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
Susan and Team Susan Survives
Swim Across America, Inc., [SAA] is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming- related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, SAA is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service.