I’m excited to swim again in the YMCA of Southern Maine’s Peaks to Portland Swim to Benefit Kids on July 28, 2018 for the 15th time. (It’s one of the oldest open water swims in the United States – 2.4 miles!) In addition to enjoying a day splashing around in Casco Bay guided by Craig in his kayak, I’m raising money in support of children at the Y.
This year I am swimming in memory of my mother Jan Gardiner who passed away this May from pancreatic cancer.
Raising my sisters and me in Miami, Florida, she made sure we knew how to swim at an early age. Most of my waking hours throughout my childhood were spent in the water- pool, ocean, or lagoon.
I can't imagine not being able to swim!
I support the YMCA because I believe every kid should know how to swim- for safety and for fun.
THIS YEAR A GENEROUS ANONYMOUS DONOR WILL GIVE $10 FOR EVERY PERSON WHO MAKES A DONATION ON MY PAGE!!!
All funds raised by me will help the Y deliver life-changing programs that inspire young potential, promote academic success, prevent drowning, and help build healthy, confident kids.
My goal is to raise money for the Y’s youth, but I can only do this with your support. Will you join me in ensuring that all kids have the opportunity to thrive?
Please support my campaign today and help us make a positive difference in the lives of some very deserving children. I’ll be thinking of you and the kids we’re helping as I plunge into Casco Bay this summer!
P.S. I was surprised to learn just how many youth programs the Y runs – summer camp, school age child care, swim lessons, preschool, early learning readiness, swim team, preschool, pre-K, full-day child care, youth fitness, adaptive youth sports, diabetes prevention mentoring, and more!
Even more impressive - last year they provided $2.1 million in financial assistance to 10,000 youth, individuals, and families to ensure full community access to their programs!