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A Splash of Friendship

Friends poolside at the Splash Swim-a-Thon

This is a story of friendship and how tears transformed into pool water and then transformed again into a generous donation to fight breast cancer. The “Make a Splash Swim-a-Thon” was conceived when a group of Corona del Mar High School friends discovered that Lysanne Ray Sebastian had become the “one of eight” women to be diagnosed with breast cancer. An old-fashioned swim- a- thon was organized as an appropriate way to show support for their friend.

The Splash was held in April at the Corona Del Mar High School swimming pool. Participants swam laps and the combination of registration fees, a raffle and donations added up to over $13,000 to benefit the Orange County Affiliate of Komen for the Cure. Thank you!

Costa Mesa resident Sebastian is an athlete whose life has always been connected to water. She is an active member of the Imua outrigger canoe team based at the Newport Aquatic Center, has paddled around Molokai twice and met her husband Rick at an outrigger race. She was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. As she went through chemotherapy, her friends rallied around her. Go to the Splash website www.make-a-splash-swim-a-thon.com to read about why they shaved their heads to honor Sebastian and help raise awareness of breast cancer. The strength of friendship will give you a good feeling . . . like wrapping a warm towel around yourself after a brisk swim.

Go to www.komenoc.org and click on the Events section to read about upcoming events to benefit the Komen Orange County Affiliate, or for information on how to organize one.

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