#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

25 DAYS LEFT!!! Demetra Molina Fundraising Page – Demetra Molina’s Personal Page for 10th Annual Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare

Demetra Molina Fundraising Page – Demetra Molina’s Personal Page for 10th Annual Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare.

My Support, My Love…And Now, My SPONSOR!!

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Exciting announcement!! I’m just one month into training for Women Swimmin’, a community swim across Cayuga Lake to raise money for Hospice in our town. It’s a fantastic cause, and now I have even MORE inspiration! At the suggestion of my loving husband, our tattoo shop The Hand of Fate Tattoo Parlor will be sponsoring my swim as well! From today, June 11, until August 1st, 2013, five dollars from EVERY SINGLE TATTOO, no matter how big or small, will go towards my fundraising goal!! Hubby has also signed up to kayak the course with me, so that we can be together for the swim. He was there for us when my mom was diagnosed stage 4 renal cancer, so we felt it only appropriate. His strength and love kept me afloat then, and it will continue to!

If you would like to make a donation, stop by my site here: Demetra’s fundraising page, or stop in for a bit of ink!! Thank you to everyone that took the time to read this…wish me luck!

Women Swimmin’ has a new mermaid!

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I lost my mom to renal cancer less than two months prior to relocating to Ithaca. That was August of 2007. She was my best friend, cheerleader, and support. My life goal as a kid was to be a mermaid; a dream that mom supported whole-heartedly, spending hours at our local YMCA pool, and on the ‘beach’ at countless public lake parks, watching me hold my breath and retrieve rings from the depths of ten feet. I was blessed years later to find a man that would also lend total support to any of my ventures. My mom gave her approval and told me this is the one I would be with forever (very handsome, twinkle in the eye, reminded her a bit of dad….except for those damn tattoos), and she left us after a short but nasty fight before her 61st birthday. I’ve missed her every single day, from sunny mornings to the day of our wedding.

This year, in August, I’ll be swimming across Cayuga Lake, with 349 other women, to raise money for Hospicare and honor my mom’s life and battle. I so excited to be a swimmer in the 10th Annual Women Swimmin for Hospicare! I’ll be marking my progress along the way, and you can pledge $$ to support a great cause here: Women Swimmin Demetra Molina

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