Sierra Nevada Open-Water 4 MS 


COMPLETED: JULY  29, 2021 - 1.5 MILES - 7,654' ELEVATION 

"Raising MS Awareness with Every Lake I Swim"

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     In July 2021 , I headed back into the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, where in 2014 my inspiration for Sierra Nevada Open Water 4MS was born. As I stood on the deck of June Mountain Ski Resort over looking the glimmering blue-green waters of June and Gull Lakes, I found myself saying to myself, "One day I want to swim those lakes and others throughout the Sierra Nevada Mountains - Raising MS Awareness". 

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    Every day, people with MS live with the unpredictability of this disease. They may face unbearable fatigue, balance and mobility issues, numbness, difficulty walking, heat sensitivity, blurry vision, or any others in a long list of symptoms. No one knows what causes MS and there is no cure. But with your support, there is help – and hope – for anyone affected by MS.

    MSAA improves the lives of tens of thousands of individuals with MS, their families and their care partners each year by providing free, vital programs and services such as: a toll-free Helpline; award-winning publications including a magazine, The Motivator; dynamic website featuring educational videos and research updates; S.E.A.R.C.H.™ program to assist the MS community with learning about different treatment choices; a mobile phone app, My MS Manager™; a resource database, My MS Resource Locator®; equipment distribution; educational programs and activities; MRI funding; and more.

    Your support helps make the free programs and services MSAA offers possible.  Please consider contributing to my fundraising goal and help improve lives of others living with MS!

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"Raising MS Awareness with Every Lake I Swim"


Richard Gardner (Dix)
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