Special to the OBSERVER
Last week, the Hammerhead Swim Club hosted their second-annual, 'Going the Mile' fundraiser in support of the Upstate New York Arthritis Foundation at the Dunkirk High School pool.
The event was to show support for 14-year-old team member, Sean Brown of Fredonia, who lives with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. In total, 31 swimmers participated including HHSC team members (ages 7 and up), coaches and parents swimming 32 miles, which translates into 52,800 yards and raised $1,488 in three hours.
Three Hammerhead Swim Club members went the extra mile during their ‘Going the Mile’ fundraising event and swam three miles. The swimmers are, in no particular order, Brooke D’Agostino, Jane Fortna and Julia Fortna.
Pictured are the members of the Hammerhead Swim Club that swam in the ‘Going the Mile’ fundraiser event, which was held last week at Dunkirk High School. The event was held to help raise funds for team member Sean Brown, who lives with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. HHSC team members were joined in the pool by their coaches and parents and, together, they swam a total of 32 miles (52,800 yards) and raised $1,4888 in three hours.
Three young ladies - Brooke D'Agostino, Jane Fortna and Julia Fortna - went above and beyond the rest of the team, swimming two miles each for a total of 9,900 yards.
A dedicated member of the swim team, Brown was featured last fall in an Independent Health commercial that spoke about the challenges of obtaining the medicines necessary to stay healthy and the relief he feels from the effects of JRA when swimming in the pool, which spurred the team's interest in raising money for arthritis research.
This year, Brown felt significantly stronger and was able to complete the mile challenge quicker due to a change in medication. For information about Hammerhead Swim Club go to www.hammerheadswimclub.org.
Participating swimmers were: Sean Brown, Jake Burrows, Max Corrente, Katie Cymerman, Brooke D'Agostino, Timmy Davis, Riley Drummond, Julia Fortna, Jane Fortna, Sarah Fountain, Finn Frerichs, Greta Frerichs, Lillie Gould, Jake Maslak, Ronan Murphy, Sam Murphy, Sue Murphy, Alex Pattison, Mikayla Reynolds, Caleb Reynolds, Josh Reynolds, Taryn Sillanpaa, Lauren Skellie, Morghon Thompson, Mike Thompson, Bruce Thompson, Emma Thompson, Sophie Thompson, Gracie Wdowiasz, and Matt Zevenbergen.