Take a listen.
Bethany is just such a classy lady. We are proud of her and pleased that she's getting some much deserved attention. Thanks to VPR and to Bethany for being such great sports.
|Barbara Malloy, Sarah Thomas, Bob Fernald, Humphrey Bohan, and |
Phil White mug for the camera the night before the search
|Bethany Bosch, Bob Fernald, and Humphrey Bohan|
prepare to start their swim shortly before midnight
|Sarah Thomas enters the water in Magog, QC to start her historic double crossing of Lake Memphremagog|
|Thomas triumphant after 30 hours in the water.|
|Bosch finishes with a broad smile after more than 17 hours in the lake.|
Sarah Thomas during her historic
44-mile double-cross of Lake Tahoe.
"During this year of open water swimming in The Kingdom, we have been blessed with many particularly poignant moments at both ends of the long-distance swimming spectrum. Supporting Sandy Alton and Tina Carrier as they began their open water swimming journey in earnest with their very first swims, watching the young gun, Eric Nilsson, smash the 10-mile record at Kingdom Swim, seeing the look on 58-year-old Paula Yankauskas's face as she finished the WOWSA 10-mile World Championship sans wetsuit to claim her place as a World Champion in her age group, to name just a few. Being part of this year's Search is one of those moments. Each and every one of these Swimmer Scouts is stretching themselves, swimming distances they have not swum before. With Sarah's decision to attempt 50 miles, it all just got even better."
"I’ve been a competitive swimmer since I was 7, but I was never all that fast- just really good at swimming for a long time without getting tired. When I first discovered open water swimming in 2007, it was like finding where I belonged in the world. Finally, there was a place where my ability to just keep swimming was actually good for something. Open water swimming is what I love to do- it makes me happy. The Catalina Channel in 2010 was my first realization that I can do more things than I ever dreamed, and it’s been an amazing journey since then. Through swimming, I’ve met some incredible people and discovered parts of myself I never knew existed. I feel blessed every day to be able to do what I do."
"I have committed to moving from regular open-water swimming into marathon swimming. My resources are somewhat limited right now, so I have been focusing on swimming opportunities in the US, although I plan to do the English Channel within the next 4 years. In looking at the 10-mile Kingdom Swim, I saw the description of In Search of Memphre and am excited to swim it. It looks like a fantastic personal challenge, a breathtakingly beautiful course (no offense to the Hudson River or Jersey shore!), and a great charitable opportunity as well.
"I was a competitive pool swimmer for most of my childhood, competing in longer and longer distances until finally competing in the 1650 free and 400 IM at YMCA Nationals. After college, I started doing some Masters swim meets as an excuse to stay in shape, but didn’t have the same enthusiasm about pool races that I had had as an age-group swimmer. Then, in 2006, the state park near me had some informal splash-n-dash races (1/2 mile lake swim, 5K run) that I tried, and I followed that up with my first 1-mile ocean swim later that summer. I was shocked at how well I did, and how much more I enjoyed swimming out of a pool. So for a couple of years I did more splash-n-dash races, until finding out about NYC Swim and entering the Little Red Lighthouse 10K in 2009. Training for that (the first time I had ever really trained in open water), and then swimming that race up the Hudson River and under the George Washington Bridge, inspired me. I had finally found what I wanted to do athletically.
"So beginning the following summer, in 2010, I started entering every open water race I could, and looking for longer and longer distances. I moved from 5Ks, to 10Ks, to Boston Light, and then to Ederle. And now, I’m excited to go from those swims into a whole new territory of swimming, of doing more extreme distances and really pushing myself to another level."
"Of all of the places in the world that one could swim, it is both inspiring and wonderful to have such a beautiful, long distance swim right in your backyard. Being a part of this swim, that does so much to benefit the people of Vermont, would be both a privilege and an honor.
"I want my life, everything I do, to make a difference in this world – to have an impact and purpose beyond myself. Of all of the things I have tried and all of the accomplishments I’ve attained, swimming is the one thing I have found where making a difference in people’s lives through the funds I raise and doing something extraordinary is easy and seamless. Swimming is always an adventure; but the best part of it is that no matter the conditions or outcome, good has been done. That’s what makes every swim so incredibly worthwhile."
Just last Monday, I received a call from a nurse who was seeing a patient in our oncology clinic with just a few more trips needed in their course of treatment, and was unable to fill their gas tank to make the journey to Norris Cotton Cancer Center - North in St. Johnsbury. North Country Hospital’s Patient Care Initiatives Fund was able to assist due to our generous donors. Another cancer patient the same day was able to receive mastectomy supplies not covered by insurance with assistance from the fund.
Our providers know this fund can be a resource for patients who need gas cards for extensive travel. Even with a local dialysis center, the three times per week necessary for dialysis treatment creates the need for travel. Other ways the fund has been there to directly help patients is covering costly pharmaceutical co-pays, and/or the prescription itself. In many cases this has been the difference between a patient not moving forward with treatment and then being able to thanks to the cost being covered. For diabetic patients without insurance, the fund has assisted with meal planning tools, special dietary meal bars, and other necessary supplies. The fund also helps in the lease of wheel chairs, walkers, or the purchase of splints and compression stockings for patients without insurance.