Giving Back In The Open Water

Giving Back In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

25 years ago, Rebecca Collins was fighting for her life against cancer. With the help of her neurosurgeon, she not only survived, but has thrived.

Together with her Speedo-touting, goggle-wearing, mile-counting husband Ron Collins, they organize an open water swim in order to give back to those who helped her survive.

Ron and Rebecca Collins ran the Swim Across America – Tampa Bay Open Water Swim in Clearwater, Florida. The swimmers who swam either on the 0.5-, 1- or 2.4-mile courses, raised over US$207,000 [top donors are listed below].

The 53-year-old open water maestro explained his role to the Tampa Bay Times, “This is really just a labor of love. [My wife] owes her life to her neurosurgeon, Dr. David Cahill, and Moffitt Cancer Center. This is a way we can give back.”

Top Fundraisers:
Lee Ziliak – US$23,250
Robert Shapiro – US$19,700
Steven Strobel – US$12,708
Jim Sirignano – US$7,713
mark lipscomb – US$5,825
Isabel Minnis – US$2,902
Margo Smith – US$2,560
Andrew Taylor – US$2,525
Brian Root – US$2,415
Christopher Barfield – US$2,300

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