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This is partly cribbed from the thank-you email I sent to the folks who pledged me.

This afternoon I participated in the WCRC "Swim a Mile for Women with Cancer."

My purposes were to encourage myself to swim more, to raise money for what seems to be a good cause, and to represent for "fat people daring to wear bathing suits in public"!

My time slot was one hour, and I currently can't swim fast enough to complete a whole mile in one hour. So my goal was to swim for an hour.

But because they let me get in the pool a half hour before my official swim time, I had more than a hour in the pool, and I did better than I expected to: I swam the full mile in one hour and twenty minutes. (*I* think it was an hour fifteen, but my time card/lap card/certificate said an hour twenty.)

I got a bit discouraged in the middle, because I realized that I had gotten into a 20-yard lane instead of a 25-yard lane, so I had to complete 45 laps instead of 36.

I'm very tired, but a bit less tired than I expected to be.

So go me!

And I really appreciate everyone's generosity.

The event was very well organized, and there was a lot of activity and fun to keep everyone upbeat. An announcer with a microphone read the name of each person who completed a swim, along with the names of any people that she or he was swimming in honor of or in memory of. (I didn't put any names down - I know several women who are cancer survivors or not-survivors, but I felt kind of private about it.) Also there were volunteer lap counters so we didn't have to keep track on our own, cheerleaders with noisemakers and pompoms, music, free massage for swimmers, and yummy food. I got swag too: a nice tote bag, a swimcap, and a magnet for next year's swim, which is on October 6 and 7. And I won a raffle prize of a free subscription to Bay Area Business Woman.

My sweetie bastette_joyce got up extra early to come cheer me on! And we talked about putting together a team for next year.

One final fundraising act: If you meant to make a donation and didn't get around to it, it's not too late; they're collecting swim-a-mile donations through November 11 (and of course they collect regular donations any time).


Donate by credit card using the secure online pledge form (my nickname is "firecat"):
https://www.wsdsecure2.com/secure/wcrc2k5/pledge/index.cfm?mode=Pledge

Mail a check to the Women's Cancer Resource Center
5741 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
If you put my name (Stef Jones) in the memo section of the check, and they receive it before November 11, I will get credit for your donation. When the WCRC receives your check, they will add your name to my pledge list. If you let me know that you have mailed a check and give me your mailing address, I will send you a receipt for tax deduction purposes.

Donate via my PayPal account (stef AT cat-and-dragon DOT com). I will send the total amount of all pledges received to the WCRC. If you let me know your mailing address, I will send you a receipt for tax deduction purposes.

I know that any money you donate to the WCRC may come out of money you can afford to donate for hurricane relief. So I will do the following: If you make a donation of $10 or more, I will donate $10 to the Red Cross disaster fund or the Acorn Hurricane Fund (let me know if you care which), up to a total of $200. (This also applies to people who have already donated.)

Important
The people I know support lots of wonderful causes while working to keep themselves and their loved ones afloat, and sometimes that's difficult. There is no requirement or pressure to contribute to this cause. Donate if you want to and can comfortably do so.

Comments

( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
pure_agnostic
Oct. 2nd, 2005 01:51 am (UTC)
Congrats to you Stef!
punzel
Oct. 2nd, 2005 02:00 am (UTC)
Yay!

There are so many ways to make a difference, and it's so easy to be "too busy" to do much to help. Thank you for being out there in the world participating in something that raises awareness and encourages donations! My regrets that all I can afford is to appreciate your efforts.

Way cool! Congrats!
liveavatar
Oct. 2nd, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
Congratulations, and not just for striking a blow for big babes in suits.

I'd been feeling too tapped out to sign up earlier, but will see what I can do to get something in before the deadline.

A team, huh? I might be interested. As long as I don't need to do the crawl, and can rely on the sidestroke or the backstroke. :)
firecat
Oct. 2nd, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
Thanks!

You can stroke any way you want. :) You can also use fins and a kickboard. The other woman sharing a lane with me, who was also big, did breaststroke for her whole mile. I can't do that, it kills my upper back!
jb98
Oct. 2nd, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
Wow, swimming a mile is one of my dreams. Go you!
dawnd
Oct. 2nd, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
Yay for you! Wonderful for both you and the cause.
desert_dragon42
Oct. 2nd, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)
Yay! That's so wonderful. *hugs*
nellorat
Oct. 2nd, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
Yay for you--and that's a wonderful event, too!
laurenhat
Oct. 2nd, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
Woo! That's excellent. Congrats for your personal achievement, and hooray for working for a good cause!
baerana
Oct. 2nd, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
wow, awesome, WTG!
kightp
Oct. 2nd, 2005 07:44 am (UTC)
You rock. Or splash, as the case may be. (-:
ruth_lawrence
Oct. 2nd, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
A long line of sparkling conga-rats!

Way to go, hey!
therealjae
Oct. 2nd, 2005 01:47 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! This is quite an achievement.

-J
hobbitbabe
Oct. 2nd, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC)
Wow! Well done.
vixter
Oct. 3rd, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
Good job, Stef !!!
The lane counting was a nice touch for them to do.

Where do you swim around here?
firecat
Oct. 3rd, 2005 07:03 am (UTC)
Re: Good job, Stef !!!
Thanks!

These days I swim at the pool in Rinconada Park in Palo Alto:
http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/community-services/rec-swim.html

Their afternoon lap swims aren't very crowded. I haven't tried the morning and evening ones.
femery
Oct. 3rd, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
Yay and congratulations. Isn't movement wonderful! How about a swimming activity/date?

Diane
chickenwitch
Oct. 4th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
Awesome!
Wow, that is all I feel, Wow!

You are one Awesome Woman!
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