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#WomenSwimmin for #Hospicare I’m #Swimming Across #Cayuga#Lake August 8th!!

20130815-114619.jpgHey Folks! It’s that time of year again, when I start to collect funds for Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare! Follow the link to support our swim! {DEMETRA MOLINA SWIMMER PAGE¬†}¬†Over three hundred women jump into the lake at dawn, and swim 1.2 miles back to shore to raise money for our local hospice. Sure we swim for donations, but you know why else we do it? Jump into (often) pretty chilly morning waters? Love. Love for those who have loved us, remembrance for those that no longer walk with us, and joy that we are ABLE to swim –to support individuals and families that need it. I’ve always been a swimmer, and after my mom passed eight years ago (fuck cancer), we moved to Ithaca. I saw the posters up in local business windows advertising for Women Swimmin’, and I felt like it was something I could do for myself, as well as remember my mom and the way that she lived. I’ve been lucky enough to do this the last two years, and August 8, 2015 will be my next swim with some amazing women! Please donate, it’s a great cause very near and dear to my heart. Let’s SWIM! 😊

Women Swimmin’ 2013

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At first light on Saturday, August 10th, 2013, over three hundred women jumped into Cayuga Lake to make a difference, and commemorate loved ones gone too soon. The 10th annual Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare was held at the Ithaca Yacht Club on Cayuga Lake. The event is a community swim (not a race!) of over three hundred women that are challenged to swim across the lake with a brigade of kayak escorts.

This year, over three hundred ladies (including myself) raised more than $390,000 for Hospicare! Our tattoo shop, The Hand of Fate Tattoo Parlor, raised $510 dollars toward my still going total of $1345! Hospice is such a great cause, and a necessary community service that has touched us all. My family thanks you for what you do, for every patient and their families you help.

THANK YOU to all of our family, friends, and clients that supported our efforts. THANK YOU to my loving husband Eddie, who was my trainer and kayak escort across Cayuga Lake at dawn. Best feeling-jumping off the Columbia and into the lake and sunshine, swimming towards his boat. No words, just happy! (Also avoided a lot of lake debris from the day before of flooding rains. Lots of branches and murky water!) The shore markers looked far away, but the swim was over in a flash.

It was a beautiful morning, full of joy, tears, and loving hearts full of support-and lots of hugs for all of the women swimmin’! I know my mom is proud, she blessed me with a wonderful experience, and I can’t wait to do it next year!

Links:
Women Swimmin’ 2013

The Hand of Fate Tattoo Parlor