2014 was another WONDERFUL year for the Alcatraz swim! Read on to enjoy some great moments from the day! If you have PHOTOS from the event, POST THEM HERE! You can also check out more videos and photos on our facebook page. We hope to see YOUR smiling face in Boston in September, or in SF in 2015!! Visit our Team Hydro Event Pages and Register now!
Every Team Hydro Swimmer successfully completed the 2014 Escape from the Rock! ALL involved had a great time as we developed camaraderie, recruited some terrific new teammates, and raised LOTS of Awareness (and $$) for our Cause!! More details, photos, and videos to come, but rest assured, we had another wonderful Alcatraz swim! We enjoyed a great turnout and a beautiful day (despite some rocking waves in the Bay)!! Thanks to all our Swimmers, Sponsors, and On-land Supporters for making this the 2014 Alcatraz Swim a Success!
Here is a video of the waters we crossed on the day of the swim, June 7, 2014!
Ready to Swim the Alcatraz Escape with Team Hydro?!!
Registration for the 2015 SHARKFEST is open NOW at: http://www.sharkfestswim.com/default.asp?PageID=20154 Make sure you check the TEAM HYDRO box on the registration page!!
Some last minute reminders for those attending the swim tomorrow!
Team Hydro Table Location: We have an HQ in the grandstands to gather and listen to pre-race announcements, take a team photo, and walk together to the ferries! (Look for the TEAM HYDRO banner). Make this where you and your loved ones gather before (and after) the swim!
Race Check-in: Check-in runs from 5:30-6:45am. Once you check in at the Sharkfest desk, be sure to come to our Team Hydro Table by the Team Hydro Banner in the grandstands and pick up:
- Your SPECIAL TEAM HYDRO/ SHARKFEST CAP! Even if you have not fund-raised, wearing a cap helps raise awareness. Please get yours and wear it with pride! These caps are made especially for us and provided by the Sharkfest organizers to support our Cause! The different color helps us stand out from the “regular” swimmers! 🙂
- Your Team Hydro Swim Bracelet! We have a tradition at Team Hydro of allowing each swimmer to swim in honor or memory of a real person with Hydrocephalus. Along with each bracelet, we will give you a copy of the person’s personal Hydrocephalus Story. We have found this inspires our swimmers to race even faster, even as it helps to make this condition “Real” for those just seeking to understand.
After the Race, be sure to pick up some complementary hot chocolate and snacks in the Team Hydro area. We will also have tee shirts, sweatshirts, hats and towels for sale (cheap to swimmers). 🙂 Show your Team Hydro Pride all year–and perhaps get a few compliments as people realize you conquered the Sharkfest Escape from Alcatraz Swim!!
We are so excited for tomorrow, and honored to swim with you all!
The Finlayson Family
Not much has changed in the treatment of hydrocephalus since 1960 (arguably since 1955) when shunts became the standard of care. To put that in perspective, we wondered, what would life be like if we hadn’t made advances in other areas since the 50’s? When you look at it this way…isn’t it time for a change?! Help Support Hydrocephalus Research.
In the world of sports, George Mikan was leading the Minneapolis Lakers to an NBA championship, and a 21 year old Mickey Mantle, along with a 28 year old Yogi Berra, were leading the Yankee’s to a 5th consecutive World Series Championship…
In literature, Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer for “The Old Man and the Sea”…
People who were buying new cars were driving these around – without seat belts…
and the ladies were wearing these…
While listening to the Billboard #1 Hit…
Unacceptable, right? Stand up today and help change the status quo, Support Hydrocephalus Research!
We received an email today from Wells, a 27 year old who was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at age 5. Honestly, I teared-up as I read it. We’re thinking of you, Wells, and are proud of the courage with which you face each and every day. Remember, Wells: YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
“At five years old I was a happy, much loved, little boy who just had always walked on the ball of my foot. My Mom always worried that this wasn’t normal, and took me to many, many doctors trying to find out what was wrong. Finally, many appointment’s later, I saw a Neurosurgeon who was world renowned at Children’s hospital in Detroit Michigan.
My family learned I have Hydrocephalus. They told me I needed a SHUNT placed in my brain. Little did any of us know that I would be in 46 times for revisions by the time I was 25, one of which ended in a stroke with a six week stay–nothing has been ok since. After years of surgeries and shunt problems, I now have almost no short term memory and more problems than can be told in a few short paragraphs.
I’m frustrated, lonely, because people know I’m different, and they often ignore me, or don’t give me a chance.
I’ve lost my driving privileges and had to move back home. I know I’m right in thinking my life shouldn’t be this way, (having my shunt stop working frequently, so I am in an d out of the hospital all the time, and finding my ability to do things decrease every year as I grew)–Some days I can make the best of it and honestly, other days I’m depressed.
I am now 27 years old and I never know if I’ll be in the hospital tomorrow or not. It is hard to plan and prepare for a regular job and life.
I thank you for all your efforts to find money for hydrocephalus research, so maybe some other little kid can be spared almost not knowing how a normal healthy life could be.
My Mom who knows me so well, and my Dad who can’t fix me like he can fix almost anything else, helped me write this. Until better treatment is found, we will struggle on and always strive for just one more good day!!!” ~Wells B.
Why are Team Hydro Swimmers ready to jump into the Bay for Hydrocephalus?!
…Hydrocephalus affects over 1 million Americans and there is no Cure!