Hannah Meyer, an A Long Swim sponsored athlete, is swimming Monterey Bay, a 25-mile swim from Santa Cruz, CA to Monterey, CA.
A little bit from Hannah:
"Being a sponsored marathon swimmer for A Long Swim has been and continues to be one of the most rewarding, challenging, and exciting experiences in my life.
Each year, A Long Swim hosts open water swim events where the entry fees from those events helps to support the research that the organization is funding. This year, those events won't be possible. This pandemic has impacted us all uniquely - the world went into quarantine, this disease has not. Every single day Lou Gehrig's disease takes another life.
Every day more people are handed their death sentence, which is an ALS diagnosis. There is yet to be a survivor of this deadly disease. We will swim and we will fight until we meet the first survivor, but until then we will do everything we can to support the groundbreaking research that is happening at Northwestern University Medical Center.
Remember, the world may have come to a halt, but this disease has not. Help us in supporting the impactful researchers that are working tirelessly to find a cure. I'm swimming 50 miles to help find the cure, will you take this pledge with me?
- Hannah Meyer"
Typically, A Long Swim hosts live, in-person events to raise money for ALS research. Due to COVID-19, these in-person events have been canceled. This year, A Long Swim's Executive Director Doug McConnell swam from Northwestern University's Evanston campus to NU's downtown Feinberg School of Medicine. To learn more about our NW2NW swim please visit ALongSwim.org or contact Kate Himes at KateHimes@ALongSwim.org or 224.234.4018.