Welcome to Swim For The Cure 2017!
17th Annual Swim for the Cure 2017
Saturday July 22, 2017
8 mile / 12.8 km swim
Severn River between Swift Rapids (lock 43) and Big Chute (lock 44)
This year the flooding has been very extensive on the Severn River and the locks were not opened until after May 28, 2017 in our area. The river was 18C / 64F about the same as it was this time last year when I started open water training. With just two weeks to go, the water is 24C/76. An okay temperature with short breaks. All going well we will have a current to push us along - shall wait and see.Last year’s swim story is on the website, have a look at the inspiring stories of past swims. Update on July 2, 2017 ... Completed my 10km training swim yesterday on Canada Day 150 and the water temperature was 21.5C/72F. Hoping it will warm up a little more.
This is our 17th year for the swim and again this year we will welcome new swimmers and many returning swimmers. I began the swim in honour of two very important women in my life; my Nana, Christina Morgan and my Aunt Terri Morgan. Through the years I have come to know other women and men and they continue to inspire me. I look forward to the swim each year – pushing myself to train outdoors early in the cold water, being very aware of my body immersed in the cold and knowing that I have a warm shower waiting. Those journeying with breast cancer don’t get to turn off the awareness of their body, especially while going through treatments. The bravery of those working through surgery, chemo and radiation, from all types of cancer … and doing so with dignity and tenacity is awe-inspiring. I swim for them and with the hope that I remain healthy as a result of the training.
This year someone very near and dear to me took on the regime of surgery, chemo and radiation. His journey reminded me what it takes to get through a “cancer diagnosis” – grit, determination, belief in yourself and your ability to heal and win. He also reminded me about the connections between people during the journey and the important difference that makes! Sharing a smile, the days you can and receiving it from others when today is not a smiling day and the celebration with the ring of the bell – the day you finish treatments. The connection of the swimmers on swim day is what helps me each year to finish. We are all experiencing the same conditions, the same water and currents, a same point of exhaustion (different for each of us) where we “just want this to be over” … and the indescribable moment when you finish – “aww!”
In the past 16 years the swimmers and crew have raised over $238,000 for women, men and children affected by breast cancer. We welcomed and swam with 144 swimmers over the years and have several new and returning swimmers again this year. I swim to stay healthy, to increase my odds of living without the diagnosis of breast cancer and to celebrate life with and for some remarkable people.
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 swimmers and to me.
Will next year be your year to join us? Have a look www.swimforthecure.ca.
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About the Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. For more information, visit www.cancer.ca.
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