Welcome to my Swim for the Cure fundraising page!
Last year, the 20th year Swim for the Cure, was postpone due to COVID and to ensure that the swimmers and crew were safe. I fully expected that the 20th year of the swim would be celebrated in August 2021. Ontario is beginning to re-open as many people have received their first vaccination and an increasing number have received their second dose, including Steve and me. The new variants continue to pose a risk and I feel it would be safest to have a virtual swim for 2021 and include the option of paddling as a fund raiser.
I am back in the water and so thankful to have the Severn River and the cottage, now our primary home, to be able to swim. I know that many of the usual swimmer have not been able to swim for some time as most community pools either have limited availability or are not yet open for lap swimming.
This year there will be a variety of fundraising options with the hopes that many swimmers and paddlers will participate. Swim or Paddle for the Cure 2021 participants will be invited to select a "distance" to swim or paddle, whether between two docks, around an island, 25 or 100 meters of a pool, a km in pool or fresh water, and complete that distance 12.8/13 times, during the month of August 2021. This opens the event to more people of all ages and abilities and acknowledges that many, including me, are still building up their swimming or paddling endurance after months out of and off the water.
Breast cancer has not been absence during the 15-months of COVID. According to the Canadian Cancer Society (2021), in 2020 5,100 women and 55 men died from breast cancer and 27,400 women and 240 men received a diagnoses of breast cancer. In an effort to reduce the transmission of COVID, numerous fundraising events were cancelled and/or postponed and millions of dollars gained through fundraising was not available to fund vital breast cancer and other cancer research.
Raising funds for breast cancer research continues to be a priority for me. I am the granddaughter of Christina Morgan who I helped discover her breast cancer when I was 10 years of age and the niece of Dr. Terri Morgan who lost her life to breast cancer and the metastases that developed seven years after her initial diagnosis. Two wonderful women who had a very special place in my life and heart. I, as many of you do, have wonderful women and/or men friends who continue to live with breast cancer and research is much of the reason they are still part of our lives. So, I hope that you will consider swimming or paddling a "distance" and raising some funds and/or donating to a swimmer or paddler.
Keeping active helps reduce your risk of breast cancer and this year especially helps us manage all the COVID challenges – there is just something about spending time with nature and the water. Take good care and thanks for considering donating and/or swimming or paddling.