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Monday, June 1, 2015

A Swim And A Stroll Towards Her Future

Photo courtesy of Ron Collins, Clearwater, Florida.

Alexandria Reynolds and Shawn Jolly had swum at their local Swim Across America for three years running.

Reynolds also serves on the organizing committee as a volunteer. But during her fourth year, she had to make extra special planning for this year's Swim Across America - Tampa Bay Open Water Swim in Clearwater, Florida.

She spent extra time to make the event a very special day that she and her husband will never forget.

Jolly, a cancer survivor, and Reynolds were not only happy to take part in the event as swimmers, but also to take their wedding vows on the beach right after the event that raised US$207,000 for cancer research. They even went further when they unselfishly asked their guests to donate to the Swim Across America event in lieu of gifts to themselves.

"We are very grateful for the outpouring of support. It seems we all forget that love and family provide the motivation to make change. Our marriage may have been another reminder that through volunteer work and donations, great things can be achieved. Swim Across America is our gateway to change and we hope all the swimmers out there will join us next year to make even bigger waves."

A report on their story is below.

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