Let’s make a splash and Swim Across America with Michael Kerr!
In a recent article, Michael Kerr: Swimming Through Life, we learned that Michael Kerr values the greater area of Montclair and intends to impact the youth through swimming as it has been his passion for as long as he can remember.
Swim Across America raises funds by hosting benefit swims for cancer research partners who are developing new cures and treatments to defeat cancer. The money benefits hospitals such as John Hopkins and Sloan Kettering that do research into cancer prevention and treatment. This fundraiser is set up as a team of 6 individuals all working to raise $10,000 each for a total of $60,000 that will go directly to SAA. Michael Kerr was invited to join this group by a high school friend of his is quite familiar with Kerr’s passion about health and swimming.
“We all know someone living with cancer. Personally, I lost a family member in 2015 to cancer and I have another battling it now. On top of that I have a good friend fighting his own battle as well. Luckily, these people never fight alone and all have tremendous support systems in place. Everyday, friends and family I know that have are surviving and have known that have succumbed come to mind and motivate me while I swim and while I fund-raise,” said Kerr.
On Sept. 4, Kerr will be traveling with his fundraising team, Team Manatee, to England to swim the English Channel. The team is suppose to swim one hour at a time with a guide boat in a relay style swim across the English Channel. Depending on weather and tides, the swimmers will make their crossing over a 12-hour period at some point between Sept. 5 and 15.