On Sunday, June 24th, I will be attempting to complete Stage 5 of the 8 Bridges Swim, which goes from the Bear Mountain Bridge to the Tapaan Zee Bridge (about 20 miles). As many of you know, I completed the first stage of this swim (18 miles long) two summers ago. It was one of the most challenging experiences of my life. Not only does participating in an event like this allow me to push myself physically and mentally, but it also gives me the opportunity to raise money for a charity that is near and dear to my heart.
The Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) Association is a non-profit organization that funds research to find treatments and (maybe one day) even a cure for LBD. (Incidentally, this is the disease from which Robin Williams, one of the funniest and best comedians of all time, suffered.) In 2016, I lost my Grandpa, Murray Nadel, to LBD. The influence that my grandpa had on my life and who I am cannot be overstated and my debt to him can never be repaid. That is why the LBDA is such an important charity to me. Raising funds to help find treatment for LBD is a small way to honor my grandpa. I would be hugely grateful if you could donate any amount of money to this campaign, for my swim and in my grandpa’s memory. Every dollar makes a difference.