I swim With MS for MS.
Join me each year as I attempt record setting ultra-marathon swims.
I have been living with Multiple Scleorsis (MS) for close to twenty-five years. When I was first diagnosed I was told “don’t exercise.” After a decade of following one of the silliest pieces of advice I was ever given, I learned different; exercise can heal me.
Since finding my way to healthy living with MS, I have made it my personal mission to share what I have learned with others who have the disease. I have also made it my mission to provide opportunities for others with MS to exercise through fundraising efforts. I swim with MS for MS (#withMS4MS).
Each year I challenge myself to a marathon swim and use it as an opportunity to share my message and raise funds for those who do not have the funds to pay for physical fitness programs. Three years ago I swam across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Port Angeles to Victoria wearing nothing more than a swimsuit, goggles and swim cap; a swim that only 6 other people have ever completed. I have also attempted to double my distance and swim from Victoria to Port Angeles (Dungeness Spit) and back. This was the first time a double crossing had been attempted. Last year I was the first known person to complete a swim across Haro Strait.
Final moments, Juan de Fuca Strait single crossing
This summer I took a break from my swims for MS redirecting my efforts to COVID-19 Relief with the Great Big Swim.
I will continue my journey in the Salish Sea and hope to swim around a number of the islands as I learn more about the waterway and the impact on my health. When I do this I will reach out to the community and raise funds for the MS Wellness Centre; a centre that is working to provide people living with MS physical services that help improve their quality of life.
You can learn more about my swims and how I am preparing here.