Kerry Demarest's Women Swimmin' Fundraising Page
On August 12th I will swim across Cayuga Lake with an amazing community of Ithaca women. This will be my fifth Women Swimmin’ and I’m honored to be a part of this inspirational event!
While I swim for many reasons, I started swimming to honor my Grampa. Grampa loved the water, and we spent so many happy summers together visiting Webster Lake in New Hampshire. Participating in the swim has been a way for me to feel close to him again, to honor him, and to do something that I know he would feel proud of.
Participating in the swim has become ever more important to me. Over the years, I’ve heard so many stories from people who have lost their loved ones and who have benefited from the incredible services that Hospicare provides. I’ve received donations from complete strangers. Sometimes, a person will see my Women Swimmin’ pin, and they’ll share with me a story about how a Hospicare staff person comforted them or even helped them create a lasting special memory. People consistently thank me over and over for participating in this event, which raises so much money.
The funny thing is though, I feel like I’m the one who should be thankful. I get to swim, which I love to do. I even get to swim across the lake, which I wouldn’t be able to safely do on my own! I also get this extra special day to remember all of the people I love who are no longer with us, and a wonderful way to honor them. And all the while, both as I do the big swim and while I train, I am propelled and buoyed by the donations and support that come my way while fundraising.
Last year, thanks to the incredible generosity of the people in my life, I raised $2,500. I’m so thankful for this, because Hospicare makes every dollar count; and, they never turn anyone away for their inability to pay. This is the most important reason why I raise money for this fabulous organization. Everyone deserves their dignity and as much comfort as they can get – no matter what their financial means are.
Please consider giving what you can to support this wonderful organization and the work that they do. Every dollar helps, so if you can only donate $5, that's fine! If you can donate more and it feels good to do so, please do. I’m not a very good swimmer – but the swim is “easy” when I know how much good it is doing, and how supported I am by you wonderful people.
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