Drinking Partners Podcast

Darren Miller and I recently sat down with Pittsburgh comedians Ed Bailey and Day Bracey of the Drinking Partners podcast to talk about philanthropy through endurance athletics while they “…shoot the brizzy, sample local craft beer and tear apart your Twitter.” Something you’ll have to listen to in order to understand. Rated M for Mature audiences.

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“…how do two unicorns find each other in the forest?”

Listen to the entire Podcast here.

Shout out to Nick and Buzzy at Epicast Network for having us on the show!

Featured alumnus in NYU Magazine

NYU mag (low res).jpgWhen you go to a school with more than 40,000 students operating in the center of the Universe, such an opportunity is beyond one’s wildest dreams. It goes without saying how tremendously flattered and appreciative I am.

For the full story: http://www.nyu.edu/alumni.magazine/issue22/classnotes_2.html.

Long overdue thank you

Over the course of 10 short weeks, through a combination of personal “ask” letters, generously donated auction items, Rotary, DAR and BGC presentations, a Taco Tuesday event on the slopes in Colorado, and endless support from friends and family, I raised an astounding $27,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as part of their Man & Woman of the Year campaign. On May 17th, in a formal “Great Gatsby” themed affair, the winners for the San Diego/Hawaii Chapter were announced. While not one of them, I couldn’t be more thankful and proud.

As we all know and heard there that night, cancer affects everyone, either directly or indirectly. It’s nothing anyone deserves, but changes the lives of those diagnosed and the people around them forever.

What the group of individuals campaigning for MWOY did over the course of 10 weeks is incredible, but what I want everyone to remember is that it didn’t end with the Grand Finale Gala.

Since finishing treatment 4 years ago I have learned that there’s something special about waking up and doing what you can, while you can.

My English Channel swim may be done, and the LLS campaign may be over, but I’m not done fighting.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for coming together to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the fight against blood cancer.

Surrounded by dear friends: Clay, Juliana and Sue.

Surrounded by dear friends: Clay, Juliana and Sue.

Interview on the Zephyr Radio

Last week, during my trip to Vail, Colorado, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the Weez on KZYR the Zephyr and chatting about my swim across the English Channel for First Descents.  Take a listen!

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year Nominee

I’m incredibly excited to announce that I have recently been nominated Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year.  Essentially, this means that I will be launching a fundraising campaign to support their research and programming. More details coming soon.  Email me at channeledin@gmail.com if you would like to help. The winner will be announced at a gala in May.

FAQ: “Why First Descents?”

In one short week, I leave for England. It is a time of rest and final preparations. A time to give thanks for my many blessings and a time to reflect on the task ahead.

When I first committed to the Channel nearly two years ago, it was to pay it forward. To say thank you when I couldn’t say thank you enough. To Lauren, for being far more than a swim coach. To my family, who made sure I got where I needed to be. To my friends, who sat next to me in the hospital when I could not have been more ill.

And to give back. For all of the young adults with cancer who are still fighting for their lives. To let them know that someone is fighting for them. To give them the strength they may not have known they had and inspiration to defy their illness, from a place I have personally been and with a mere roll of the die could very well still be.

Brad Ludden, the founder/CEO of First Descents, says it best:

Along the way there are bound to be some trying times, and in those times I’ll pause to reflect on why I’m doing this. I’m doing it because there is 1 young adult diagnosed with cancer in the US every 8 minutes. Because their lives are forever changed by something they don’t deserve and did nothing to get. Because they need an adventure now more than ever. Because FD will provide that adventure to them free of charge. And, most importantly, because if I don’t, they’ll be left to face their cancer on their own, and that’s something that nobody should ever have to do.

Thank you for your support in this challenge. I truly couldn’t do this without you and hope you realize the impact your support has on my swim and the lives of my peers with cancer that I’m swimming for.

Dreams be dreams

Lauren was in my dream last night, for the first time since England. Clear as day.  At first I second guessed myself.  I must have thought too loudly that it couldn’t be possible, for she assured me it was.

We were on the Palladium deck, in the middle of a practice.  She had a new assistant coach.  I didn’t catch his name.  He said what I was doing was remarkable – very brave.

The freshmen were all seniors now.  I didn’t recognize hardly anyone apart from Kristen Fuji.  It was a coed practice.

We hugged.  I asked her how she was doing.  She said great.  Her hair was long again, like when I met her my freshman year.  I told her she looked beautiful.