Motivated marathon swimming - UMF Story

April 16, 2019
Photo courtesy of Michelle Macy.

Open-water swimmer traverses the globe, raising money for breast cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center

Six weeks before she was set to swim across the English Channel for the first time, Michelle Macy learned that her mother, Kathleen, had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The news was devastating. But Macy used the diagnosis as inspiration. “I realized my swimming could be a powerful platform to raise money and awareness for breast cancer,” Macy says.

Grateful for the care her mother received at what’s now known as University of Minnesota Health, Macy established MacySwim, an organization dedicated to advancing cure-focused breast cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

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