Swimmer Launches Marathon to Support Others Through Breast CancerThe Breast Cancer Site
Avid swimmer Kathyrine Scheuch was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 at age 40, according to Tallahassee.com. She made a swift decision to undergo a bilateral mastectomy and a number of reconstructive surgeries. Her group of swimming buddies, often referred to as the Lunch Bunch, made up her support team and helped offset some medical bills.
When Scheuch recovered from her treatment, she started a swimming marathon to help raise money for the Women’s Breast Cancer Health Initiative. The fundraising organization, Breaststroke 4 Hope, recently marked a year anniversary and is hosting the latest race on Oct. 12, set to start at 10 a.m. at Florida State University’s Morcom Aquatic Center. Each team will be outfitted with pink goggles and swimming caps donated by Speedo, according to the source. The charity event costs $25 for each person to watch the race.
The Women’s Breast Health Initiative takes a grassroots approach to help women of lower economic situations. It promotes awareness but also provides free breast cancer screenings. To date, more than 40,000 homes have been helped by the nonprofit organization.