Megan Kono blogs about why she took the plunge for Swim Across America.
On July 20, 250 people flocked to the Ohio Street Beach, a scenic spot along the Chicago lakefront, to raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment. Megan Kono, who works in the Office of Philanthropy at Rush University Medical Center, was among the dedicated group of men and women who took part in Swim Across America, a highly anticipated fundraiser that celebrated its 20th year in 2013. The swimmers got to choose their distance — a half mile, one mile, one and a half miles or three miles — but they all swam for the same beneficiary: the Rush University Cancer Center.
In anticipation of the event, Kono wrote a blog post for Rush InPerson about why she chose to get involved with Swim Across America. The following is an excerpt from her blog post:
For as long as I can remember, swimming has been a big part of my life. From tiny tots swim lessons to year-round club teams, from high school swimming allthe way through college, the sport has served as a constant anchor for me growing up. But after graduating in 2011 and taking a position on the Philanthropy staff at Rush, I wasn't sure that swimming would have a place in my life as an adult, and I certainly didn't think it would weave into our mission at Rush. After learning about the partnership between Rush and Swim Across America, I'm happy to say I was wrong.
Swim Across America is a nationally recognized foundation dedicated to increasing both awareness and funds in the fight against cancer. Ordinary people allover the country take part in the many open water events that Swim Across America organizes, swimming to raise money for cancer research. This summer marks the second year that Swim Across America has partnered with Rush to raise funds for research projects in our cancer center. Once again, proceeds from the Swim Across America Chicago Open Water Swim on July 20 be will be used to forward cancer research at Rush and bring us one step closer to eradicating this awful illness.
Read the rest of Megan's post and learn more about Swim Across America on Rush InPerson.
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