Saturday, May 25, 2019

THANK YOU ENGLAND

Better a day late... I suppose these swims put me over top...I was asked many time yesterday,... Why?... How?... I still can not totally answer that question, but I do know that I met so many wonderful people in and out of the water, that I'm still motivated to train and challenge myself.
Thank you to Bill Hamblin and Audrey Hamblin for your caring hospitality at the Victoria Guest House, you made a home for us (who were far away from our home).
1997: solo: Ken, Janet Jmg Fish, Elizabeth Collins, Jan Rink, Mel Siebold, Pilot: Mike Oram, Observer: Frank Richards, Travelers: Katrine Collins, Debra Tranberg, Karen Murphy
1999: not successful/long story another time, only time I left the Oram Stable... Janet, Bertha Eurto, Nigel Holder, travelers: Mom, Lisa Vassilopoulous, Beth and Jim, Teresa, Charvelle and Kassandra Holder
2000: solo: wimped out at 17 hours, no substantial reason to get out, WICKED learning experience.... Janet, Bertha, Jan, Mike O., Frank, Travelers: Corky Sherwood
2001: Double #1: SWEET victory over the channel... Janet, Bertha, Mike O., Derek Carter, Observers: Frank, Jackie Carter.
2003: Janet. Mike O., Derek, Observer: Frank.
1st Relay: Double: Force 6 America: Scott Lautman, Marcia Cleveland, Henry Eckstein, R Cristian Vergara and Vince Herring ( 1st vie of the channel from above, and I like it)
1st Observing Job: watching Morris Finkelstein successfully swim across, An INSPIRATION to me... Than, Nigel Holder, travelers: Mom, Lisa Vassilopoulos, Beth and Jim, Teresa, Charvelle and
2004: Double #2: Janet, Dianne Grenier, Mike O., Lance O, Codge, Alison Streeter, Derek, Tavelers: Mom, Lynn Fields
2007: Janet, Margaret Peterson, Mike O. Derek,
2009: Janet, James Godden, Mike O., Lance O, Codge, Alison Streeter, Derek, Travelers: Mom, Lynn Fields
20011: Book-end swims: 1st and Final Solo for the season.
June: Dave Chisholm, Mike O., James, O, Mike O.
Oct: Janet, Scott Lautman, Lance O., I can't remember the rest, swim was 24 hours after arriving in Dover, Pre-swim dinner: fish and Chips and Full Breakfast, I guess it can be done.
2012: Blown out: Thanks Amanda Rossolimo for traveling and experiencing Dover
2013: Double: Janet, Scott, Mike O., James, Mike Ball
2014: Solo: Janet, Mike O. Derek.
2018: attempt to Belgium... finished north of Calais, due to injury.
Janet, Scott, Jane Murphy, Mike O, Mike Ball, Tanya Harding, Jason Kelvin… 1st experience with Seals.
Oh what a ride across the English Channel....

Mansfield Community Center and LEHY

To all my training friends at Mansfield Community Center... Thanks to John Lenard, Laura Petrus, Leila, Lynn, Liz Mills, Jeri, Janet, Ken, Diane, Chuck, Bob, Anna and of course my training partner Amanda Rossolimo.
...and my LEHY family, I am so blessed to have joined this program,, I'm so glad I met you, Ed Steinnagel, thanks to Kaeley Steinnagel for everything you do for our team, Jake Greene, Christopher Curtin and Laura Embleton McLaughlin. In the past, so blessed to have to worked with my twin, Elizabeth Collins, Eric Caines, Sheila Leniart, Neil Freemer and Jessica LG, oh and all our life guards Quena, Marialejandra Casanova, Hazel Sousa and Bruno... so many to remember, but time for 😴

2015 ... Swimming for Homes for the Brave

After spending the past 20 years paddling from Dover to France, it is time to venture into new waters, while helping some special people.
Soon, I will be traveling with my A-team to Scotland to swim the length of the famous Loch Ness.
As always, I try to help a Foundation raise funds and awareness and I thank you for interest and support.
I am deeply troubled with the thought of homeless individuals, especially in our US Veteran population.

That is why I am teaming up with our Connecticut-based “Homes for the Brave”. Can you imagine not having a place to call home?

Here is more information about Homes for the Brave! -Facebook pages – https://www.facebook.com/pages/ABRIHomes-for-the-Brave/199613606735630?ref=hl

- Annual Appeal with more information about our financials and programs- http://www.homesforthebrave.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/HFTB-2014-Annual-Report-FINAL.pdf

-Check donations can be mailed to the following address:
Homes for the Brave
655 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

- Donations can be made online as well: https://homesforthebrave.isecuresites.com/products/index.php?type=1110

Please write “Loch Ness Swim/Marcy” to track your donation.


I will always be dedicating my swimming to all those battling cancer and in the memory of 4 special people in my life. Cancer first hit my family when I was young. My grand-aunt Eleanor Kersavage, passed away with uterine cancer and my Auntie Bea Halchak battled with brain cancer.

On January 1, 2002, our LEHY family lost Nikki Giampolo to bone cancer, just turning 16 years old. Her spirit still lives on in our East Hartford swim team.

In July of 2009, my brother-in-law, Gregory Allen Urban, who passed away, after a valient battle with lung cancer. I can see him now, talking about cars and projects around the house, music and his family.

I know Aunties, Eleanor and Bea, Nikki, Greg and all the angels will help me CUT through all this water this summer.

The St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation, based in Bridgeport, CT provides financial support for the needs that Health insurance companies don't cover, in addition to providing affordable cancer screening, wigs, medication and other things to make life easier for those suffering with cancer and their families.

Please make a donation, and thank you.

Online donations can be made at: http://give.stvincents.org

or you can send a check through the post to:

Swim Across the Sound
St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606
(203)576-5451

Thank you so very much, peace and good health to all.