FANWOOD-SCOTCH PLAINS YMCA SWIMMERS MAKE A BIG SPLASH IN THE BIG YELLOW MILE SWIM FOR LIVESTRONG
On September 29th swimmers took a plunge to support the LIVESTRONG program at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. “We had a huge outpouring of support from the FSPY Swim Team. They helped organize, run and had a huge number of swimmers participate. I was very impressed with the team’s spirit.” stated organizer Donna Peart. There where also several YMCA members who took part. Swimmers completed 72 laps, done individually or as a relay team. There were six year old swim team members as well as older adults who participated.
There were several relay teams that divided up the laps in their own creative ways. Families got together to do their own relays as well. “This was such a fun event, the kids really got in the spirit and painted their bodies and face and one participant even sold space on his body for messages to raise money!” said Michelle Lessner, Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Swim Team Parent Organization President. All monies raised went to support the LIVESTRONG program at the Y, a free exercise program for cancer survivors in the community. Sheri Cognetti, LIVESTRONG program director, stated, “We are extremely thankful to all that participated in support of those cancer survivors in our community that participate in our program and funding the way for future cancer survivors. There was one relay team, “The Sharks”, who raised over $700! One on their relay team is a cancer survivor, so they had a very personal reason for fundraising for this program.”
The LIVESTRONG program at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is beginning its second year and has enhanced the lives of many cancer survivors through exercise as well as developing friendships and support. If you would like any information regarding this program, please contact Sheri Cognetti at (908) 889-8880.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For information on membership or programs, please call the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA at (908) 889-8880 or visit the Y’s website at www.fanwoodscotchplainsymca.org. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.