To the Journal editor:
Close to 100 swimmers and 80 kayakers/paddlers braved an unseasonably cool 49-degree air temperature to participate in the 10th Annual Swim Teal Lake: Benefit for Diabetes on July 27.
Led by three-time Olympic swimmer, Peter Vanderkaay, participants faced down small waves and chilly winds to complete the 2.25 mile swim across Teal Lake.
The swim is the brain-child of Dr. Michael Grossman, an avid swimmer, who created the event to help support the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network.
UPDON's goal is to strengthen diabetes prevention, detection, treatment and support across the Upper Peninsula.
This year the swim raised over $16,000 that will help UPDON, a program partner with the Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress, continue with their nationally recognized program that has seen significant funding cuts recently.
The success of the swim could not have been realized without the fantastic support of Tami Ketchem (extraordinary Race coordinator from Bell Hospital); Cary Gottlieb (Superior Timing); Rich Rossway (MC of the event); and AMVETS Post 122. We would also like to offer our deepest appreciation to all of the swimmers, volunteers, and sponsors (Dr. Michael Grossman, Superior Timing, the Coccia and Holmstrom families, Upper Michigan Cardiovascular Associates, P.C., and Dr. Mark Cowan).
We would also like to thank Donckers Candies & Gifts, Union Grill in Marquette, Midtown Bakery in Negaunee, Beth Millner Jewelry, Jamie Thayer from Anytime Fitness in Ishpeming, Bonanza in Marquette, Target (store No. 1334), Shawna Moffett- Kerekes and the Island Resort and Casino for donating raffle prizes.
Ann Constance, director
U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network