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Michigan man to attempt 20-mile swim for breast cancer patients
It is 20 miles between the cities.
“Believe it or not, it’s quite peaceful,” said Hobson. “You get into a bit of a meditative state, which might be a little bit hard to wrap your head around when you’re swimming 20 miles if you’re not used to that sort of thing.”
Hobson regularly swims several miles at a time, last year making the “short” trek from Holland to Saugatuck. It is 7 miles between the cities.
Tuesday, September 4, he plans to more than double that distance, and he’s doing it for a good cause.
“If we can minimize the financial stress on sufferers as they undergo treatment and help them focus on healing, I think that’s really a great thing,” Hobson said.
He is using the swim as an opportunity to raise money for Michigan based non-profit The Pink Fund. The organization helps patients undergoing breast cancer treatment pay bills so they don’t end up falling behind.
“While in active treatment, many women experience in loss of income that can result in the potential for catastrophic financial loses and ultimately the need to rebuild financial help,” said The Pink Fund Founder and CEO Molly MacDonald.
“The 90-day financial bridge The Pink Fund provides gives the patient and her family some breathing space to know that those bills are covered in part, and to be able to focus on treatment and healing,” she said.
Hobson said his mother is the inspiration for swimming as a fundraiser.
Hobson, who originally hails from Scottland, says his mother, who lives in the UK, is cured now after being diagnosed with breast cancer when he was a small child.
“When I was a little boy in school I used to come home and she would be crying on the sofa as she was going through treatment,” he said.
Hobson said he remembers the stress his family endured during his mother’s treatment and that experience was why he chose to support a group that works with families.
“Rather than raising money for a cure for breast cancer,” Hobson said, “[The Pink Fund] helps financially support people who are going through treatment, because it can also be very expensive and have a big impact on their finances, and their lives as a result.”
Hobson will start his swim from Holland State Park Beach at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 4 (weather permitting). He is hoping to raise at least $5,000 for The Pink Fund.