Swim for Engie and Against Cancer IV: Swimming for Engie and Doug
Alexandria Masters Swimming and Alexandria West Rotary are raising money for Dr. Otis Brawley’s research in cancer disparities at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center which is working to close racial, economic, and social disparities in the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. We swim in honor of our teammate, Engie Mokhtar, who is battling stage four metastatic breast cancer. This year we are also swimming in honor of another cherished teammate, Doug Prince, who has recently been diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukemia. Engie and Doug are doing their best to fight cancer. We want to fight it too, for their sakes and for all of our teammates, friends, and family members who are afflicted with this awful disease.
Engie’s Cancer Story…
Engie’s battle with cancer began in October 2010 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation through 2012. And she believed she had kicked it. Then on April 7, 2015 she passed out. At the time, she thought she was just tired. No such luck. Scans revealed that she had had a seizure caused by a three- centimeter brain tumor caused by the original cancer. This was treated with surgery and targeted radiation. While those treatments were effective for a while, the cancer has since re-appeared and spread. But that doesn’t have Engie daunted. She is undergoing multiple treatments and still swimming whenever she can!
Doug’s Cancer Story…
In December 2018 Doug’s annual physical revealed that his white blood cell count was low. His doctor told him this was not an immediate cause for alarm, just something that needed to be monitored. However, by late May 2019 Doug’s count had still not improved, and he was sent for a bone marrow biopsy. That test showed he has Hairy Cell Leukemia which was treated with chemotherapy in June 2019.
How to Participate:
1. SIGN UP on this site. Anyone can participate! Kids are welcome if they can swim laps!
2. PICK YOUR GOAL. You can swim a set distance or just give it your all and see how close you can get to the maximum limit of 200 lengths (5,000 meters). Waynewood is a 25 meter pool.
3. FIND DONORS to sponsor your efforts. Contributors can make a set pledge or sponsor you a certain amount for each length swum.
4. SHOW UP AND SWIM. The event starts at 8 AM on August 24 and goes until 10 AM.
We're asking all swimmers to contribute $10 cash to participate to offset our cost of holding the event so that all the money we raise goes towards research to defeat breast cancer! Prizes will be given for the most creative lap-counting method!
5. HELP SPREAD THE WORD! The more people we have swimming and making donations, the more money we can raise!
LOCATION: Waynewood Pool, 1027 Dalebrook Drive Alexandria, VA 22308
DATE & TIME: August 24, 8 AM - 10 AM
QUESTIONS? Please contact Madeline Muravchik at firstname.lastname@example.org