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:
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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.
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