For the seventh time, members of the Shark Tank Racing Squad swim team completed a marathon of laps to raise money for the AVON 39-Mile Walk for Breast Cancer.
Shark Tank Coach Patty Friedman will be participating in her 10th walk this May 6-7.
The swimmers raised $27,500 on Sunday Feb. 26 at South Run RECenter, Friedman said. By May, the coach expects to reach a lifetime total of $200,000.
“By raising money that goes to programs that get care to people, and people to the care they need, more screenings can be done early when there is still time,” Friedman said. “Everyone needs to be screened and everyone needs access to care, and some of the money we raise for the Avon Foundation is going to those programs. The more people that my swimmers talk to about their fundraiser, the more they wear their shirts, the more they share what they've learned, the more lives they will save. There is no doubt they are saving lives with what they have done in the last seven years.”
The event T-shirts Friedman references memorialized Red Esfahani, grandmother of seven-year swim marathon veteran Audrey Bowden. Esfahani was the first team grandmother to lose the battle with breast cancer, Friedman said: “She fought through five marathons.”