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.