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).
Thank you to all who made this year special. And don’t forget to support the cause!
See you next year!