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The Great Diabetes Swim: 24-Hour Edition

Hi Team!


It's finally time for a swim.


I am happy to introduce The Great Diabetes Swim: 24-Hour Edition!


The swim from Chicago to Grand Haven is still deferred to next summer, but pending the weather, this Saturday, August 29th*, I will be swimming 24-hours non-stop from 4 PM on Saturday to 4 PM on Sunday. My goal is to swim 40 miles, which will be my longest swim to date! (*It was previously scheduled for 8/28 - 8/29, but delayed 1 day due to weather.)


I will be swimming back and forth along the Wilmette shoreline between Tower Road Beach and Northwestern University, a roughly 5-mile path one-way (see maps below). You can track my progress here. My crew will also be posting periodic updates to Facebook and Instagram during the swim so head over to @DiabetesSwim to follow along!


Organizing this swim has been a massive team effort. Attempting it couldn't have been possible without the the incredible help and support of my teammates. During the swim, I will have an army of people supporting me and I am so thankful for them!


The weather is looking threatening for tomorrow, but I will keep you posted! In the meantime, here are a couple of answers to questions that I have received:


How does it work?

  • If the weather cooperates, I will enter the water at 4PM on Saturday (8/28) and take off. If the weather makes this swim unsafe, then I will push the swim 24 hours and start on Saturday. UPDATE: This did happen and the swim is now scheduled to start on Saturday, 8/29 at 4PM.

  • I will always have at least 1 kayak escorting me. I have an amazing kayaking crew and the kayakers will rotate about every 4 hours.

  • Every 30 minutes I will stop for about 60 seconds and drink a high-calorie/carb drink while treading water.

  • At 4PM the next day, I will exit the water!

How can I help?

  • Share this! I’m asking people to donate $24 to represent the 24-hour swim! I’d love to get a spike in donations and awareness for type 1 diabetes!

  • If you are inclined to pray, please pray for good weather and for our safety!


Thanks for sticking with me!! Time to hit it!



24-Hour Swim Route

Multiple round trips between Tower Road Beach and Northwestern University

A zoomed out view to put it in context of Lake Michigan



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