In January of 2018, Coach John was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer. During the months following, he kept a smile on his face and encouraged the people around him to smile as well. One of Coach John’s favorite things to say was “Keep Smiling!” John loved being on deck and we were blessed to have him back to coach us for over a month after his diagnosis. John passed away on August 18, 2018 after a hard-fought battle. We are swimming/ volunteering to raise money that goes directly towards cancer research, prevention and treatment.
This is the second annual year of swimming under the Coach John name. We hope to honor:
His emphasis on doing the right thing, his love for the sport and for the team, his selfless way of caring for others, his effort to push the people around him to be better people, and his lessons of commitment, dedication, and communication
If you feel comfortable making a donation, you can make a credit card donation by clicking on one of the members of our team below, OR by clicking on the Donate Now box on the right side of your screen OR send a check to Swim Across America - Seattle, 6917 93rd Avenue SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040. Checks should be made out to Swim Across America, but please include a note mentioning our team! We are under the name Team John!
Some other details about the event and our SAA team:
-The team is not strictly imited to present OCA swimmers, anyone who wishes to swim under the team name is welcome and we would love to have you join the team!
-Saturday September 7
-Swim events range from a half-mile swim to a two mile swim in the lake. In addition to the lake swim, a pool option is also available. Another opportunity to participate in this fun event is through a 50 meter Kid's Splash and volunteer opportunities!
-Please help us raise money for Cancer Research and clinical trials by donating, volunteering, or swimming!