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Sunday, July 13, 2014

SEALs For Sunshine Across Sebago Lake

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Navy SEALs are renowned for doing things bigger than themselves and for others.

That selfless mindset is constant across the battlefields and continues on in their personal and professional lives.

SEALs for Sunshine is one example.

The event is a marathon swim by 4 individual Navy SEALs across Maine's Sebago Lake, a distance of 13 miles on August 21st. The quartet's charity swim is being attempted on behalf of Camp Sunshine.

The SEALs will start at the southernmost part of the lake in Standish and plan to finish at the other end of the lake in Casco around noon.

They estimate that lake crossing will take them between 6-7 hours to complete as they hope to raise US$80,000 to sponsor an entire session at Camp Sunshine in 2015 for military families that have a child facing a life-threatening illness.

The foursome include Mike, a 1998 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and an active duty Navy SEAL for 16 years with 7 deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Asia. He is an Aide-de-Camp to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Lew is a 2006 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with 8 years of active duty and 3 deployments to Asia and the Middle East. Chad also graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with 3 years as a Surface Warfare Officer and 9 years as a SEAL with 3 deployments to the Middle East. Matt graduated from Penn State and is an active duty Navy SEAL for seven years with three deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa.

Camp Sunshine is a year-round retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement groups are also offered.

For more information, visit SEALs for Sunshine.

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