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What Alcatraz guards called the impossible swim! for Cancer Research UK because Every day 5 kids & 100s of adults die prematurely

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  • In memory of: Roy Farnworth
  • Event: Alcatraz to San Francisco Swim, 03 Nov 2018

Cancer Research UK

We pioneer life-saving cancer research to help beat cancer sooner

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 1089464, Scotland SC041666

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Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page for Cancer Research which is the world's largest cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Their vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured, from the most common types to those that affect just a few people.

The prison guards were of course just trying to discourage desperate prisoners from considering an escape. They used to say if the currents don't get you the sharks or the cold water will. The reality is that weather and current wise it is all about picking the right tide / conditions. There were only eight shark attacks in California in 2017 and the last video attack of a great white off Alcatraz was a seal in October 2015. Temperature wise none of the three prisoners who attempted the swim had wet suits!

Thanks to Anja and Amanda in Norwegian Crew Planning, I have been rostered to fly out to California the day before the last "swim window" of 2018 and fly back the day after. As I will be paying the entrance fee myself this means all your donations (apart from 5% charged by the just giving website will go directly to helping the worldwide fight against Cancer.

Last year an overwhelming number of my friends, family and work colleagues donated just over £1,320 for the Eight Lakes in two days swim (which was way more than what I thought was an optimistic target of £1,000). Again any donation, no matter how small, really does add up. Thank you so much for your support. 


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  • Thanks to Norwegian Crew Planning for allowing me to fly myself to California 2/3rd Nov +12

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