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Liz Larew ( in purple ) and Maggie (the youngest) with their team the Sonoma Splashers.
Liz Larew ( in purple ) and Maggie (the youngest) with their team the Sonoma Splashers.

Forestville Resident 
Swims A Mile for
The Women's Cancer Resource Center

Sep 26, 2019


By Liz Larew

I’ve been a resident of Forestville for over 27 years, and West County for 36 years.

In October, I will be a 12 year breast cancer survivor.  

This year my team, the Sonoma Splashers, and I will celebrate our 10th year of participating in the Swim A Mile, a fundraiser for the Women’s Cancer Resource Center (WCRC).

The youngest Sonoma Splasher, Maggie, is 12 years old and has been swimming with the team for six years.  Our eldest team member is in her late 70’s.  Some team members are cancer survivors;  cancer has impacted all of the team members’ lives.  The Gazette ran an article about our team in 2014, and The Press Democrat featured Maggie, our team, the Swim A Mile, and WCRC in an 2014 article the first year Maggie swam – as a mermaid.

The Sonoma Splashers in 2016.

Over the past 9 years, our team has raised over $60,000 for the Swim A Mile fundraiser.

On Saturday, October 5th, we’ll dive in to the pool at Mills College, with hundeds of other swimmers, and swim our mile for WCRC. 

For over 32 years WCRC has served as an advocate for women with cancer and their friends and families, providing services for thousands of people in the Bay Area.  WCRC provides a referral and information hotline, a peer referral network, in-home support services, peer support groups, a resource library, newsletter, and educational forums and workshops.  Their services are culturally and linguistically accessible, and remain free of charge.   71% of every dollar donated to Swim A Mile goes directly to direct client services.

Make Waves and Support the Women’s Cancer Resource Center of Oakland

What: The Women’s Cancer Resource Center’s Swim A Mile for Women with Cancer

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6, 9 am – 3 pm

Where: Mills College Pool, Oakland, CA

Why: The Women’s Cancer Resource Center (WCRC), a Bay Area non-profit, invites all swimmers – from masters to dog paddlers and water walkers – to participate in its 24th annual Swim A Mile for Women with Cancer. WCRC provides FREE programs and services to women and their loved ones who are impacted by a cancer diagnosis.

The Swim is a magical event with more than 500 individuals raising money and making waves in support of people affected by cancer. Some of the swimmers and water-walkers have experienced cancer themselves and jump in the pool to celebrate their own recoveries. The Swim is a green event with no plastic water bottles, cutlery, or non- recyclable items and features delectable locally grown and organic food. Local DJs spin great music and children and adults enjoy many fun activities poolside.

The annual Swim A Mile is WCRC’s major fundraising event, raising nearly one-third of its annual budget. Come celebrate WCRC for providing life-altering programs and resources to the local community.


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