Sunday, June 7, 2009

Interview and the Brooklyn Bridge

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sleep was restless. The lactic acid is slowly leaving my muscles, but wakes me with every turn I take. I am the 1st to wake. After a quick shower, i head down to Starbucks for a coffee and wait for Janet or Bertha to wake.

Janet met me downstairs and we took a walk around the neighborhood, waiting awhile before bringing Bertha a coffee back.

Janet and I walked over to 'Ground Zero' looking at the memorials and the new construction.
A quiet, sun soaked morning to think.

I went back upstairs and packed up a few things before heading uptown for the documentary interview. Janet and Bertha would finish the packing and I would meet them at the Brooklyn Bridge for a walk.

After a $12 cab ride, I met Martin Belderson on 24th Street. An hour later I was done, so much work for a 3 minutes interview, all the typical questions I've been asked in past 16 years.

Another $11 and I was at the Brooklyn Bridge, meeting the girls for our crossing. I always thought the walkway across the bridge was wider than it was, it was very cool trip. We walked across, had breakfast and walked back to Manhattan for our ride home.

How come everyone is so willing to help with the baggage when you arrive and no one helps when you leave. Exactly what happened. I didn't care, I was ready to get out of the city and get home.

Traffic was OK and we arrived home just after 5pm.

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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 –

- Annual Appeal with more information about our financials and programs-

-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:

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:

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

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