Once again, I swam the Swim-A-Mile for Women with Cancer, a benefit for the Women's Cancer Resource Center (WCRC) in Oakland, California. The swim took place at Mills College.
This was my 15th year to do the swim and also my personal celebration of 15 years since my breast cancer diagnosis.
This year, I outdid myself in several ways:
Not only did I complete the swim, sharing a lane with my dear friend, Harriet, but I raised (so far) $3536 and swam in Memory of 25 people and in Honor of another 48 people.
I feel honored to have been supported by so many friends and family who sponsored my swim and provided so much money to assist the Women's Cancer Resource Center in their mission to provide support and research resources to women with cancer. WCRC is unique in the services it provides and is a local (to me) organization.
This year, Janet, Harriet's daughter and my special friend, who is living with metastatic breast cancer, came along to cheer us on. She also took photos and just hung out with us afterwards.
There are very few charity sports events that consist of just swimming. Since swimming is my favorite sport, and the one in which I feel most confident, being able to do the Swim-A-Mile has an additional appeal to me.
It's a fun event that is not competitive. I prefer to swim the entire 72 laps straight through, but many take breaks, and some even walk it...a daunting effort for sure.
This group of three where doing leapfrogs over one another on each length of the pool they swam!!!
Of course, there was lots of good food to enjoy after our swim.
And, the weather gods were with us, providing us with a warm sunny day. After our swim, we spent several hours sitting on the lawn, eating and visiting.
Throughout the two days of the Swim-A-Mile, there was lots of music and other entertainment. Sometimes, people simply could not resist dancing on the pool deck.
Thank you to all of you who sponsored my swim and I look forward to doing it again next year.
Here are the names of all those for whom I swam.