By PETER CARLSON
Photography by CHICHI UBIÑA
This year I am swimming in memory of several friends who have lost their battle with cancer over this past year, and in honor of several others who are currently fighting courageous battles.
Julian Fraser, a long-time family friend from Old Greenwich, CT, lost his battle with cancer on February 21st less than a year after he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Julian was 20 years old. His family and friends from Rocky Point, Greenwich High School, Santa Clara University and the swimming and water polo worlds are mourning the loss of this wonderful young man.
Tom Hagopian, a long-time friend from Darien, CT who I played softball with for many years right out of college, lost his father to cancer in January and his mother to pancreatic cancer in May. Tom found out that he also had pancreatic cancer just after his mother died and he has been fighting a tough battle ever since. Tom recently went through a complicated surgery to remove his cancer and we are sending him our best wishes for a successful and speedy recovery.
Barbara Stevens, a friend and fellow insurance executive from Greenwich, CT, was diagnosed with breast cancer (DCIS) last summer and has undergone surgery to rid her of this awful disease. The prognosis for Barbara is excellent . She was lucky that her cancer was discovered early and treatment started immediately.
Please join me in remembering all these great people by making a donation supporting Swim Across America at http://www.swimacrossamerica.org/greenwich.