Wednesday, September 03, 2008

the water's fine

The broadcast networks are pitching in to fight cancer on Friday. ABC, CBS and NBC will all air "Stand Up to Cancer" at 8:00 p.m. that night. Dozens of celebrities will answer phones and take pledges.

I will do my small part to help on Saturday morning. I have long eschewed participating in any walkathons or fun runs because that sort of exercise makes me tired, sweaty and uncomfortable. However when Amy Fields of the American Cancer Society asked me to participate in a new event called Swim for Life, I said yes. It's an offshoot of their famous Relay for Life walking event. Swim for Life runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the UT Student Aquatic Center. I can't swim for four hours but I will swim as many laps as I can. Do you think I could get away with eating the same foods as Michael Phelps for a day? Probably not.

If you are so inclined, please make a pledge to support my efforts. I have a page on the ACS site where you can make a donation online or print off a form to mail in with a check.

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Blogger Tony W said...

I think it is cool that you are donating your time to such a great cause. I lost my grandmother to cancer last year and until then i didn't realize what a ruthless disease it was. I think that you can eat the same food as Phelps you just might want to swim a little longer.

Blogger Frank Murphy said...

In one day I got seven online donations totaling $145 and a $10 cash donation! As a result, I decided to raise my goal to $250. Thanks to all who support the American Cancer Society.

Anonymous Tracy W said...

I think there is no greater cause than the ACS. I was listining to the radio this morning when I heard you mention it, and I thought I gotta remember to make a donation when I get home tonight. I hope you reach your goal!!! GOOD LUCK TOMARROW!!!!

Anonymous Amy Fields said...

Frank, we are so excited that you have chosen to swim in support of the American Cancer Society! Thanks so much for making a difference in the fight against cancer!


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