‘They Laughed When I Tried to Swim’: Pushing Past Her Comfort Zone to Raise Money for Swim Across America
This weekend marks the fourth year of Swim Across America, the charity swimming event that has raised over $1.3 million for cancer research at Johns Hopkins. Read below the story of Misti Burmeister, a brave soul who was inspired to become a better swimmer so that she could participate and join the cause. Visit the SAA website to learn more about the organization and find out how you can sponsor a swimmer for the Meadowbrook pool swim on Saturday, September 20 or the open water swim in the Magothy River on Sunday, September 21. Good luck, swimmers! The Eds.
by Misti Burmeister
Has anyone ever laughed at you when you’ve tried something new?
When I got her text message at 9:30 a.m., I laughed, as I remembered feeling as though I might drown just fifteen years before.
Wanting to be the cool kid at nineteen, I went to get my lifeguard certification. As with most sports, I thought I could simply muscle my way through it.
I didn’t bother to learn how to swim, nor did I practice. When the woman in charge of the certifications blew her whistle, instructing me to get out of the pool, I knew I was done.
“You look like you need to be saved,” she said.
So, when my friend Janice Bonner sent me that text message, encouraging me to do Swim Across America (SAA), my immediate response was, “I don’t know how to swim.”
“Swimming might help your hip, you get training as a part of the deal, and you get to contribute to a worthy cause,” Janice said.
Later that day, I got online to check them out. As I was going to sign up, I noticed that I could not sign up without committing to raising $500.
First, I tried to make my way around that commitment on their website, but it didn’t work. I had to either make the commitment, or forget the whole thing.
Before I could think too long, I pushed the “enter” button and made my promise.
By my third training session, I had two opposing emotions hit me at the same time: excitement and guilt.
I had learned enough to swim 100 meters without stopping, but I hadn’t asked for any donations yet. Yuck!
When I got out of the pool that day, I headed straight for my computer. I wrote an email about this challenge, and asked a dozen or so of my friends, clients, and colleagues to contribute.
While I was prepared for my mom to throw a few bucks in the hat, I wasn’t ready for the result: $500 in 48 hours.
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Citywide cleanup effort and reusable bag distribution offer look to future of litter-free Baltimore
Maryland is currently housing more unaccompanied migrant children per capita than any other state. Those kids all need to go through immigration proceedings, and most of them don’t have access to lawyers. And if you’re a lawyer in Maryland, Martin O’Malley wants you get involved.
After months of controversy following TMZ’s release of a video showing Ray Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator, things got even more intense yesterday: TMZ released further footage showing the roundhouse punch Rice delivered. An internet storm of bad publicity ensued. By the end of the day, Rice’s contract with the Ravens had been terminated. Reactions have included mockery, glee, and anger.
I don’t know much about football, but I know that Ray Rice is a piece of garbage who shouldn’t be allowed to play it professionally anymore.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 8, 2014
But is there a way to channel all the chatter into something that might actually make the world a better place? I’m glad you asked!
The ice bucket challenge has turned into a fundraiser’s dream. Everyone from George W. Bush to the Baltimore Ravens has dumped a bucket of ice water over their heads to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). And while some were initially skeptical that the stunt would actually translate into increased donations, the viral power of the ice bucket challenge seems to be working–as of today, the national ALS association has received $53.3 million in donations, way more than the $2.2 million in garnered last year.
But the national ALS group isn’t the only one benefitting from ALS’s moment in the spotlight–the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins has also seen its August donations go up 800 percent (!!) compared to last year.
House of Ruth Maryland, an intimate partner violence center for battered women and children, is partnering up with the children’s’ clothing store, Wee Chic to supply children living at House of Ruth with school supplies.
Friday, August 8-Monday, August 11
School supplies will be collected in-store during regular business hours. In gratitude for donations, Wee Chic shoppers will receive a 15 percent discount on items from Tea Collection’s fall line of children’s clothing. Read More →
Flash, 10 months old, 11 lbs., neutered male, Chihuahua/Dachshund
Hi hi hi! I’m a young and very energetic fella who’s looking for an active house hold to join. I love to keep busy and I tend to get bored easily so please keep me entertained. Oh…I haven’t been to obedience yet so please consider taking me soon. You can visit me at the Maryland SPCA adoption center and take me home today.
Two dogs at Baltimore Humane Society, Kana, a seven year old Canaan mix, and Sophia, a two-year old Pharoah Hound Mix, are both part of the 66 Dogs Project, a national art campaign to encourage homeless dog adoption into permanent, loving homes. Jenny Williams, a Colorado-based artist started the 66 Dogs Project, which consists of portraits of 66 dogs up for adoption that may be overlooked. Read More →
Cannon is my name and once we meet, you will fall in love with me. I am a four month old purebred, non-shedding Coton de Tulear. I am an extremely playful, lovable fluffball and I thrive on getting attention. I love playing with small stuffed animals or squeaky toys, laying on people and running around a lot so I can get out my puppy energy! If you are looking to add a bundle of joy to your home then please stop by BHS soon. **Cannon’s adoption fee has been sponsored by a generous donor.**
Hello! My name is Hamachi and I am a sweet little 2 month old boy kitten available for adoption. My siblings and I are looking to find our forever homes so we can run and play and nap all day! Doesn’t that sound like fun? I did live with cats in my previous
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Cannon’s adoption fee is waived. The pre-discount adoption fee for Hamachi is $85.
For more information visit www.bmorehumane.org.
BHS IS HAVING A KITTEN EXPLOSION! COME MEET DOZENS OF KITTENS!
1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136
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