Sunday, June 7, 2009

MIMS Race Day: Sending off crew

Oh, what a beautiful day for a swim.

3:30 am: wake up: start getting crew, Bertha Eurto and Liz Greenstein, moving sround and the coffee brewing.

4:20 am: taxi ride to Pier 11, transporting the day's equipment to the boat
We arrived on time, figuring our cab driver would not know where to go, but he did.
Plenty of time to find a real cup of coffee and a bagel. Liz and I took a walk a few blocks to find just the deli we needed and it was open and had a bathroom, the nerves were working today, if you know what I mean.
I came broke, so Liz treated, THANK YOU, for the bagel & cream cheese & coffee.
We walked back to Pier 11, to find another English Channel crosser and friend, Henry Eckstein, getting his camera ready. I gave Henry a big hug, he was observing for another swimmer and ready to take some movies of the day, such a nice man, we had a a great time on a E. Channel Double relay in 2003, friends forever.
Janet and I said "good bye" to Bertha and Liz. The deli had misunderstood our order and had forgotten Bert's bagel & peanut butter. Oh well....
They were to register and wait for our our Boat "Taz" and captain.
We walked toward Battery Park, eventually finding South Cove. A great place for the start and finish.

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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.