Swim for MS Stories
MSAA invites everyone into the pool to Swim for MS! Swim for MS is perfect for all levels of swim enthusiasts, swim clubs and teams, youth groups, social clubs, and families. Getting started is easy – just set a swim challenge and fundraising goal and dive in!
To inspire your own swim challenge, please read these examples of recent Swim for MS fundraisers that highlight team events and individual challenges.
Individual & Personal Swim Challenges
Julie Lyons was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009. Despite facing challenges with her mobility on land, Julie found that exercising in the pool made her “disability disappear” and allowed her to get the frequent exercise she needed. In March 2019, Julie Lyons and a group of her close friends swam together at their local pool to raise funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis. Julie’s "Swim for MS Pool Party" raised more than $4,000 dollars before and during her official Swim challenge date!
“Swimming has been a wonderful way for me to keep moving with MS.” I have improved my strength, my endurance, my overall health, and perhaps, most importantly, my spirit.”
Amy Proctor is gearing up to swim the Mighty Mac in 2020, an epic 4-mile swim across the beautiful Straits of Mackinac between Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas, alongside the iconic Mackinac Bridge. In order to motivate herself, she’s swimming in honor of a very special person in her life, Jen. Amy's friend Jen taught French and Spanish at the high school they worked at together. Jen was diagnosed with MS and was told she would likely only be able to teach for 10 more years. Jen ended up teaching for 15 years post-diagnosis, until she medically retired.
“I want achieve the goal of swimming from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan in honor of my dear friend, Jen, who has a severe case of MS.”
Team & Group Swims
Ra Ra Raisins
In April 2019, Mary Koch and the Ra Ra Raisins created a one-day group Swim challenge! Mary is a Girl Scout troop leader and used Swim for MS to teach her troop members that a small group of people can make a great impact on others' lives. Together, the troop raised more than $900!
“We want to support MSAA because we want people living with MS to have happier lives.”
Team DragonFLY was back this year with their fifth swim challenge led by team captain Courtney Evers! The goal for Team DragonFLY’s fifth anniversary event was to swim 50 collective miles for five days. They blew their mileage goal out of the water by achieving 100 collective miles by August 2019. Not only did they exceed their swim goal, but they exceeded their fundraising goal, too! By the end of their challenge, the team collected more the $6,000 in support of the MS community!
“I couldn’t have had such great success without the incredible team swimming alongside me, and the over 90 people that donated to the cause this year.”
Strong Girls Swim Team
The Strong Girls Swim Team is made up of a mother and daughter duo, Sara and Anabella. They swam in honor of Anabella’s father who passed away unexpectedly when Anabella was just three years old. Sara and Anabella saw Swim for MS as an opportunity to give back while doing what they love: swimming! Together, Sara and Anabella swam eight miles in support of MSAA’s free programs and services.
“Finding Swim for MS felt like a perfect fit, the program offered a way for my daughter and I to swim together while supporting a cause we are passionate about.”
We are proud to announce Endless PoolsŪ as our Swim for MS Presenting Sponsor! Endless Pools has already donated $10,000 in support of Swim for MS, but that’s not all! They’re taking their sponsorship to the next level by creating their own Swim for MS challenge. They are challenging swimmers like you to help DOUBLE their donation and raise an additional $10,000 by joining their Swim for MS team!