On August 20th, 2011 Team Hydro will participate in the first annual Lake Michigan Sharkfest Swim in downtown Chicago. The team will race in memory of Kate Finlayson, who passed away in November of 2010 from complications related to her hydrocephalus. Funds raised from the team’s efforts support the Kate Finlayson Memorial Research Grant which seeks to further our understanding of, and treatments for, hydrocephalus.
Inspired by Kate’s faith and courage as she battled her condition, Team Hydro first braved the treacherous waters of the San Francisco Bay to swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco in 2008. Since then, over 100 swimmers from across the country have taken the plunge, raising not only awareness but nearly $125,000 for hydrocephalus research.
Team Hydro’s fourth Alcatraz swim is set for June 25th, 2011.