"I am at One with Myself and at One with the World" 

Sierra Nevada Open-Water 4 MS  


Lake Mary, CA

"Raising Multiple Sclerosis Awareness One Lake Swim at Time"

"I am at One with Myself and at One with the World".

Swimming is the place where I am free. Free from the physically and mentally challenging 

aspects of  living with Mulitple Sclerosis. Swimming is one of the few ablities and pleasures in life my MS has not robbed of me being able to enjoy. I look at swimming as my personal equalizer over my MS and over all those of able minds and bodies. Swimming is who I have become. 

It is what Drives Me, My Identity, My Vocation, My Purpose in Life.  


When I Swim -

Mission / The Future

      My Mission has only just begun. It is through Open Water Swimming

Swimming Lakes throughout the Sierra Nevada Mountains - 

That aim in Heightening the much needed Universal Awareness of Multiple Sclerosis

 and in Funding MS Research and Quality of Life Experiences for those living with

Multiple Sclerosis such as myself.  

Success and the Future of the Foundation is Key in gaining Your Following

and continued Support!

When I Swim Foundation / Sierra Nevada Open Water 4MS

There are over 2.3 million people worldwide living with Multiple Sclerosis.

MS is a chronic and unpredictable disease of the Central Nervous System leaving countless 

individuals with MS disabled and often wheelchair and home bound. Funding research will

always be an important focus of the "When I Swim Foundation".


The Future direction of the Foundation is in the planning and promoting of an annual

Open-Water Lake Swim and Musical Event / Fundraiser in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Proceeds focused on bringing about Quality-of-Life Musical and Entertainment Experiences for those living with MS.

What could be better than experiencing a live musical performance of your favorite Artist

 without having a care in the world! 

"MS Swim and Music Revolution"


                                                  "Let's Make This Happen"   Dix 

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2021 Sierra Nevada Open Water 4MS - Swim Trifecta  
June Lake, Gull Lake, & Lake Mary


Richard Gardner (Dix)
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