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/
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