The mile or half-mile swim race is
a fun, meaningful yet lighthearted competition in honor of David Garber with
all proceeds to benefit Compassionate Care ALS. After braving
Hurricane Irene during the inaugural race and some light rain the next year,
the third edition looks to be the best ever. With an updated timing system, passionate
volunteers, a generous host in the Sea Crest Hotel and the beautiful Old Silver
Beach location, the race will be fun for swimmers and fans alike.
Choose the one-mile course or the half-mile course and swim competitively or join other families swimming either course just for fun. All ages, swim levels, and physical abilities welcome!
The titular David
always enjoyed going out for long swims, often coming home after a (losing)
battle with a swarm of jelly fish. He wasn't ever deterred by cold, even
resorting to a pick-axe and shovel to break through the ice to go for a dip in
mid-winter. Aside from his nautical feats, as a father, brother, son, uncle,
dentist, employer, engaged community member and friend, he's as kind, generous
and caring as possible.
In 2009, David was
diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. The disease causes a rapidly progressing
weakness and muscle atrophy, which affects the ability to walk, eat, speak and
breathe. David, true to his nature, sought out experimental treatment to
seek a cure for both himself and those who will continue to be affected by the
disease. The organization Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS), based in Cape Cod,
has been an invaluable resource to David and his family, assisting
through each stage of the disease. CCALS depends solely on fundraising to finance
its efforts to provide families affected by ALS with medical equipment,
information and emotional support.