Tuesday, June 10. 2008
My name is Matthew James Dios Price, Matt Price. I have been a swimmer my whole life and all though I am a water polo player at heart these days open water swimming is my passion. By day I am Title Searcher, by early evening I am the Water Polo coach at West Point, the United States Military Academy, by night I am training to swim the English Channel. I am using my swimming and coaching efforts to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, please visit the following site to support me or encourage your friends to visit: http://www.active.com/donate/hudsonswim08/englishchannel
I love swimming, but I hate Cancer! Hope you feel the same. As many of you know I have been doing "The Hudson River Swim for Life" fundraising since 2000. Last year I didn't swim because of a shoulder injury and surgery but I coached 8 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training (TNT) swimmers to cross. They all raised $16,000. The swim raised over $250k. This year my shoulders are better (knock on wood, I have a surgery scheduled for the right one in Sep) and I am ready to go; however I have heard some complaints that 3.1 miles isn't long enough for me.
Sooooo.... Here is the deal. This summer I just swam 10k across the San Fran Bay from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge, next the ENGLISH CHANNEL in late July, an Ironman in Kentucky, and coaching TNT swimmers, and even organizing a charity water polo tournament to be played in the river! But I NEED YOUR HELP. I cannot do all this alone. I need your help both emotionally and financially. If you can't afford to give anything, give me a call or send an email encouraging me to keep training. I need the motivation. If you can afford to give, even just a dollar please do. The support that you all give me is incredible; when I was swimming in the San Francisco bay it was 53degrees in the water and I swam without a wetsuit. In cold like that is really was the amazing support and motivation that you all have given me that gives me the strength to keep swimming. I need more to keep swimming and make these bigger and tougher events.
On September 7, 2008, I will be braving the Hudson and swimming with hundreds of people in The Hudson River Swim For Life. This swim will be a challenging, yet rewarding experience. The Hudson River Swim For Life has been created to raise awareness of the Hudson River, promote swimming as a life long form of fitness, and to raise funds for the ongoing work of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
While I'm training, I'm raising funds to help the Society cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. More than 823,000 Americans are battling these blood cancers. Your support of my participation in the Hudson River Swim For Life will help bring them hope and support.
Please make a donation to support my participation in The Hudson River Swim For Life and help advance the Society's mission at http://www.active.com/donate/hudsonswim08/englishchannel. I hope you'll visit my web site often, so that you can see how my training and fundraising efforts are going. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society puts 75% of moneys raised towards research to find a cure. That is better than most places.
If you're like me you hate cancer too. Here is where I get really crazy though. I was thinking; the 5k swim cost $350, so that is $112.90 per mile. I am going to be competing in approx 181 miles this summer! At the going rate my goal should be $20,435.00! I know that sounds crazy, but that if 800 people can donate $25 then I can make it. If 1600 donate $12.50, well you all can do math. Please, donate what you can, even just a dollar, and if you can't... Encourage me and check in on me, and if you don't mind forward my page, http://www.active.com/donate/hudsonswim08/englishchannel, to your friends, and to their friends etc. Together we can meet these goals, we can celebrate small athletic victories but more importantly, one day I pray we will all be celebrating a cure to these awful diseases! Thank you for your consideration and help.
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