Team Hydro is thrilled to announce yet another successful pair of fundraising swims by two incredible age group swim teams: The Dorset Dolphins of Marietta, GA, and the Little Falls Penguins of Bethesda, MD.
The Dolphin Dash took place on June 22nd, with 47 athletes completed a record 73 miles and raising almost $15k. Inspired by their own Lilly Beck (a swimmer and patient), this year’s group from Georgia included swimmers as young as five years old!
The Little Falls Penguins completed a swim of their own on July 11th, with more than 60 registered swimmers. As always, the Penguin’s enthusiasm in supporting the cause is incredibly inspiring. Like the Dolphins, the Penguins are also motivated by a special young swimmer-patient: Team Hydro’s inspiration Kate, who once set records in the very pool in which the Penguins completed their fundraiser.
Taken together, The Dorset Dolphins and Little Falls Penguins have raised nearly $20,000 for Hydrocephalus research so far this summer…and they’re still just getting started!
Listen to the voices of the patients, parents, physicians, and reseachers of Hydrocephalus. This striking video was created by Craig and Vicki Brown and the Hydrocephalus Association. It was featured at the recent event Vision Dinner: A Time for Awareness, A Hope for a Cure. Team Hydro is proud to be a founding partner of this effort.
Team Hydro completed its final swim of the season, as our swimmers crossed the waters on the Hahbah on Sunday, September 9th. Some 25 swimmers successful made the crossing as several dozen additional Team Hydro volunteers helped shepherd the swimmers in kayaks.
Team Hydro members once again came from a very interesting range of backgrounds — including several full-time hydrocephalus researchers, a venture capitalist funding the development of a brand-new non-shunt surgical procedure to treat the condition, undergraduates and graduate students from throughout Boston, and professionals ranging from Philadelphia to California.
After getting acquainted and discussing the exciting work going on at Team Hydro, we hit the waters!
As always, a great time was had by all. In addition, quite a few hydro swimmers made their way onto the podium!
To all those who participated with Team Hydro this year, by land and by sea, thank you for another great season!
And, as always, don’t forget that the cause isn’t finished! Go to donate.teamhydro.org to support of efforts to find a cure for Hydrocephalus!
The weather was warm and spirits were high as Team Hydro completed its 13th crossing from Alcatraz Island into Aquatic Park, San Francisco. 42 swimmers from across the country joined our ranks and raised more than $50,000 in the process!
One thing that made this year’s swim particularly special was the participation of three hydrocephalus patients: the fantastic veteran swimmer-patients Kyle Voulgaris and Kate Damrell, as well as six-month-old Amelia Coury (represented in the water by her father Tom).
Prior to the swim, we heard messages and updates from our founders, and the touching and inspiring accounts of how hydrocephalus has impacted the families of Kate, Kyle, Tom, and Pam. They communicated our shared optimism but also our shared resolve to provide a better future for millions who suffer from hydrocephalus.
We also got to hear an exciting preview of some major progress update in our funding efforts (official announcement forthcoming!).
After that, it was off to the boats and into the water! As you can see, this year was really a blast. Conditions were perfect and the company could not have been any better. As always, our volunteers on land and in the water did an amazing job at helping everything to run smoothly and safely.
You can see the complete results of the swim here. Among the highlights were some amazing performances by Kyle Voulgaris (25:19.6), Kerra Bispo (28:46.7), Ryan Auker (28:55.6), and Carly Wickman (30:24.9).