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.
VIDEOS FEATURING JANET:
A presentation at the 2016 Exponential Medicine Conference in San Diego, CA.
"With You by Thousand Days featuring Janet Sollod, a music video.