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Alzheimers Disease Research Foundation dba Cure Alzheimer's Fund

English Channel Swim

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English Channel Swim

On September 6, I fly to London to complete a 23-mile swim across the English Channel.  The swim is in memory of my grandmother (Thelma Baker, also known as “Ma”) who suffered from Alzheimer’s throughout the latter years of her life. Below is brief description of the swim and the charity I swim to support, Cure Alzheimer's Fund. Feel free to email me any questions or comments. 

Swimming the English Channel
The 23-mile swim starts in Dover, England and ends in Calais, France. The swim can take anywhere from 7-20 hours to complete depending on the wind and currents. Due to the many challenges the Channel poses, only 10 percent of swimmers who set out to cross the Channel actually succeed.
 Channel swimmers have to plan their crossings carefully, but even when they do, weather conditions can undermine even the best laid plans.

In order for the swim to be recognized as "official" by the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation (“CSPF”), the swimmer: (a) cannot wear a wetsuit; (b) can have no physical contact with the boat; and (c) must be guided by a charter boat to avoid the hazards of the active shipping lane(s). With water temperatures ranging between 59 to 63 degrees and no wet suits permitted, hypothermia can become a concern. Other potential "hurdles" include jellyfish, sea sickness, and even the occasional shark.  

We will be tracking the swim progress through a GPS system, which I do not entirely understand, but will include a link on the firstgiving page once I figure out how the system works.  

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund

The swim is in loving memory of my grandmother, Ma, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Ma was an active, sociable, and well-balanced lady who had a passion for sweets and spoiling her grandchildren. We grew up playing board games, fishing, listening to her play the piano, and participating in competitive bouts of miniature golf. The last time I visited Ma before she passed, she was unable to recognize friends and family. It was difficult to experience and will always stick with me.

As Alzheimer’s is a disease that has affected my entire family, I hope this swim is one way we can collectively contribute to finding a cure. I chose the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund because (a) it was created by business-oriented individuals with successful backgrounds in venture capital, banking, and commercial real estate, (b) the fund utilizes an entrepreneurial approach to combating the disease, and (c) 100% of the funds raised go towards medical research focused on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.  The founders cover all overhead costs for the foundation.

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is governed by a board of directors; administered by a small, full-time staff; and guided scientifically by a Research Consortium. A Scientific Advisory Board audits the research program to make sure it is consistent with the objectives of the foundation. Cure Alzheimer's Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is a "doing business as" name for the Alzheimer's Disease Research Foundation, federal tax ID # 52-2396428. More information on the CAF can be found on their website: http://www.curealzfund.org/

Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Let us not forget, the donation is also considered a tax-write-off. Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

Supporters

Comment Donation
Eileen Connolly
$100.00
Dan Veatch Brent - Congratulations on an amazing accomplishment!
$100.00
Hap & Janet Frank
$100.00
David & Bushra I also had a grandmother with Alzheimer's. Thanks for doing this for a good cause that affects so many.
$100.00
The Vossmeyer Family Good luck in this bold effort, Brett!
$25.00
JW
$20.00
adam smith best of luck!
$50.00
Sullivan Family Congratulations Brett! What an amazing feat!
$50.00
The Rothenbergers Thank you Brett!
$100.00
Sarah and Paul Wolsey
$100.00
Allegra Jones Amazing endeavor for a great cause. Good luck!!
$25.00
Anonymous Hey Brett, Good Luck! :-)
$25.00
Fang Zhao
$50.00
Casey Swarts Good luck, Brett! It's an amazing thing you are going to accomplish!
$25.00
Christine Wensel
$50.00
Bryan and Gordon
$50.00
Tammi & Werner Steyn What a fantastic endeavor - we will be cheering you on from Michigan- good luck!!
$50.00
Anonymous Awesome Swim, i hope the weather is good to you. Best of luck
$50.00
Brooke & Marty Good luck, Brett!
$100.00
Ryan & Jennifer Phrase to remember: je veux une bouteille de vin pour ma mère et directions pour se rendre en Angleterre s'il vous plaît. Don't get eaten.
$25.00
Adam
$20.00
Matt VanEck
$50.00
LINDA AND BOB DIETRICH
$50.00
Mike and Nicole McClay
$50.00
Ted Anderson Brett, The old bay swimmers much support and admire your channel- swim. Godspeed! Ted Anderson
$75.00
Friends of Wally and Hank...
$50.00
Chuck SNUGGLES KNOWS NO FEAR!
$100.00
Maureen Neglia Good luck, Brett! A whole group of Curves ladies will be rooting for you.
$50.00
Jen Baker SO hoping I get to see you when you are over here!! This is so awesome - well done :)
$30.00
Jim G GO BIG REN!
$25.00
George and Linda Salata Congratulations and good luck to one of my amazing third graders from Arroyo Elementary School!
$50.00
Shilling Good luck and be safe, Brett. How many laps you planning to do?
$100.00
don and barb kaiser What an incredible undertaking! We're your Idaho rooting squad! Go get em!
$50.00
Uncle Larry & Aunt Judy Best of luck. Stay warm.
$100.00
Aunt Candy This would definitely be too cold for Me! Go for it!! Can't wait to hear about your experience!
$100.00
Lindsey Watson Ha What an awesome quest! Best of luck in getting all the support you possibly can!
$25.00
Steph & Michele Your mom told us about your swim--you are amazing!! Best of luck & hope the current will be moving in the same direction you are swimming.
$100.00
Mike and Suzi McClay What an adventure-God be with you!
$75.00
Jon and Stephanie Cantwell
$100.00
Sarah & Evan
$100.00
David and Dani Kestenbaum Brett, show those Red Coats how we roll.
$50.00
Anonymous All butterfly?
$50.00
Uncle Bob & Aunt Barb Ma (& Pa) are smiling down on you. We're praying that you'll have a great swim!
$100.00
Jeff Stutz Good luck Brett! Me and the guys from my over 40 synchronized swimming club are pulling for you!
$100.00
Chelsea
$50.00
Michael Budincich Good luck!
$100.00
Incredible. Good luck Brett!
$50.00
Josh and Mari In your birthday suit or it doesn't count.
$50.00
Tessa Colich
$100.00
Tom, Judy, Coco, and Tiffany Colich Swim fast and stay warm. We'll be rooting for you!
$100.00

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