Sunday, October 15, 2017


On October 3, 2017, I swam the Swim A Mile for Women with Cancer, a benefit for the Women's Cancer Resource Center in Oakland, California (WCRC).

This was my 20th year to do the swim.

For my team of four, "Janet's Angels" (Harriet, Allison, Amy, and me in the photo above), this was a bittersweet swim.  

We all were swimming in memory of our dear friend, and Harriet's daughter, Janet, who passed away at the end of May after 10 years with metastatic breast cancer.

Janet has swum with us for the past several years and we miss her.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, our team has raised close to $9,000 for WCRC, and, I personally have raised nearly $5,000.  Those who sponsored us are friends of Janet and also have their own friends and family who have been touched by cancer.  

For my sponsors I swam in memory/honor of close to 100 people who have been touched by cancer. 

These are some photos from the Swim A Mile.  At the end of this post, I've included a tribute to Janet, with photos of Janet and some links to videos that include her.

Team "Janet's Angels" with "Janet " written on our backs  

Harriet and Amy getting ready to swim

My list of those I and my sponsors remember and honor

The Swim a Mile Memory/Honor board

Harriet finishes her swim

Just as happy after the swim

Allison enjoys an after-Swim massage.  WCRC takes very good care of Swim A Mile participants

As always, there is plenty of delicious food to enjoy before and after the Swim

 Amy receives her medal

Harriet has been swimming with me for 10 years.

I celebrate with Christine Sinnott, WCRC's wonderful Swim A Mile Coordinator

The Swim goes on for two full days in the beautiful Mills College pool.  About 500 people swam this year.



Janet's first Swim a Mile with me and Harriet 2013

Janet's 40th Birthday Party, 2014

Janet's Creative Way to Deal with Hair Loss from Chemotherapy

Janet at Swim A Mile 2016

Our 2016 swim team of Pam, me, Janet, and Amy

Enjoying food samples at the Winter Fancy Food Show, January, 2017. Food and wine were among Janet's passions.