Despite being a strong swimmer, I used to be terrified of open water. So much so that it took my breath away just to put my feet in a lake or river. I couldn't drive over a bridge without terrifying fear of the water below me. This presented quite the challenge when I decided to become a triathlete.
Six years later, I've put most of those fears aside, but still have a healthy respect (ok, still some amount of fear) for LARGE bodies of water. I don't go in past my waist when at the ocean. I tried to complete the Chesapeake Bay Swim and had to pull myself out at the 2 mile mark as I was vomiting in the water from sea sickness.
But NONE OF THIS compares to the fear of losing a loved one or the tragedy our military families experience when their loved one doesn't home home. And so I am honored to put my fears aside, train for the challenge, and swim 5K in the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim, while raising funds for the Navy Seal Foundation.
The Navy Seal Foundation's mission is "Honoring our Warriors. Supporting Their Families." It is a 4-star charity and in the top 0.7% of all charities in the US. Support from the Foundation "allows the warriors on the frontline to stay focused on their mission." The Foundation supports the families of the Navy SEALs with programs designed to provide support during times of illness, injury, loss, and transition.
Please join me in support of this amazing foundation and my swim across Tampa Bay on January 12, 2020. Any amount you can contribute is much appreciated!