Welcome to Swim For The Cure 2018!
18th Annual Swim for the Cure 2018
Saturday July 28, 2018
8 mile / 12.8 km swim
Severn River between Swift Rapids (lock 43) and Big Chute (lock 44)
I am behind in my training this year as I have not been enjoying swimming in pools – far preferring the open water. So it will be a rush to the July 28 swim date.
This is our 18th year for the swim and each year I recognize that more people I know personally have experienced illness. Not all stories are related to cancer – each story is about dealing with the unknown and finding the courage to take one day at a time and to move onwards from the illness. Changing routines is easy to think about doing, actually doing, is hard work. I have had the privilege to learn from some special people, what is motivating them, what their goals are, how they are helping themselves to be well again.
I began the swim in honour of two very important women in my life; my Nana, Christina Morgan and my Aunt Terri Morgan. Today I swim for many other women and men. I also swim to retain my fitness as I age and to share the joy of completing the swim and telling the story with others. The start of the swim and the finish are quite different. The beginning is filled with nervous bellies, irritation to get started, occasionally bravado – the end is magical! Completing the swim – looking up into the faces of other swimmers, the support team, your supports and the people who are sharing your joy is a moment in time that I treasure each year. When training, I often picture points along the swim and how I will feel, and the end of a training session I picture my feet touching the bottom at Big Chute instead of the ladder on our dock. I will again have the fun of swimming with two young women and their wonderful support team – my now healthy again brother Jamie will paddle beside me – I am so thankful that we will again share the swim.
We don’t know what the conditions will be this year – a month out. What the water and air temperatures will be, rain or sunshine – what the swimmers do know is that they have worked hard to be ready for swim day. They have gotten into the water and trained instead of doing other things – many much more enjoyable! Our training investment to be ready for the swim is not the same as a person experiencing the onslaught of cancer treatment – we can miss a day or have an easier training day without worrying too much about the consequences.
I will get into the water at 0600 on July 28th thankful that later the same day my journey will be over. AND I will remember along the way the people who have shared their cancer story with me – the guts, determination and tenacity it took them to be well again. To my fellow swimmers – thanks for sharing this journey, I look forward to our shared stories at the end - the amazing moment when you finish – “yeah!!”
In the past 17 years the swimmers and crew have raised over $245,000 for women, men and children affected by breast cancer. We welcomed and swam with 145 swimmers over the years and have several new and returning swimmers again this year.
Thank you for considering supporting my swim, making a donation to Breast Cancer and most importantly sending a message of hope and support to women and men, their children, the other swimmers and to me.
Will next year be your year to join us? Have a look www.swimforthecure.ca.
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