Today I am headed to Herald Square to swim alongside Diana Nyad in a major fundraiser for Sandy Victims called #SwimForRelief. You can follow along here to see live coverage:
Fresh off her record-breaking swim from Cuba to Florida, long-distance swim legend Diana Nyad is holding a 48-hour continuous "Swim for Relief” to support Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.
We'll be swimming outdoors I swam outdoors! (updated this post-swim) Herald Square in a custom-built 42,000 gallon custom pool. The swim will raise funds for AmeriCares, a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization that delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in need around the world and across the United States. P&G brands such as Duracell, Tide and Secret are underwriting the production costs of the event to maximize funds donated. I'll be jumping in to swim alongside Diana at 3:15pm. Here I am in the pool:
5 Pretty Ways To Organize Your Jewelry
I admit - I'm guilt. Despite my best efforts, my "jewelry drawer" has become a tangled mess of necklaces, bracelets and earrings. This cluttered collection not only makes it hard to see what I have, but difficult to untangle the pieces I do want to wear! This summer, I'm ...read more
This Year's Coolest Jumbo Pool Floats
Pool season is almost here! I can't wait to relax, read a book, and sip a cocktail while lazily drifting in an oversized float. (Just kidding, I have two toddlers--but a swim mama can dream, right?). If you've got a staycation planned, check out this year's coolest jumbo pool ...read more
Crystal Clear and Pristine: Pool-Cleaning Tips
Tropical Storm Isaiah gave us quite the midsummer surprise here in the suburbs of New York City. We just got our power back on after a whole week of darkness! With trees down, debris everywhere, and lots of uncertainty, one thing we forgot to check on: our above ground Intex ...read more
How you can help: Donate to our Crowdrise page here. I have a modest goal of $500, but I'd love to give more! All amounts welcome. Be sure to follow me on twitter @momtrends with the hastag #SwimforRelief. I swim right before Ryan Lochte (no pressure).
Diana’s estimated swim distance at the end of the 48 hours is 96 miles, the equivalent of swimming from NYC to Philadelphia!
Why am I doing this? Friends like Dawn lost a lot. I was fortunate and I don't want to just count my blessings, I want to show my support. Hurricane Sandy caused approximately $70 billion in damage across the Eastern seaboard, destroying 12,500 homes in New Jersey alone. To-date in Ocean County, more than 25,000 residents are still displaced from their homes, and in New York FEMA has again extended its deadline for Transitional Sheltering Assistance -- demonstrating the continued need for these recovery efforts.
The event started today live in GMA and will end on GMA Thursday at 8:40am. Diana is inspiring. Be sure to follow along even if you can't donate.
Notable New Yorkers, celebrities, Sandy victims, Sandy volunteers, first responders and more will be pacing Nyad in the pool for the full 48 hours – ensuring she’s never swimming alone.
Momtrends was not paid for this post.