A 64-year-old cancer patient is continuing to make big waves as she continues her effort to find a cure for breast cancer.
She’s doing her best to raise awareness and funding for what she calls “the forgotten disease.”
“Swim days are special days I always love to swim. So a day like today is a perfect day for me,” said Mary Gooze.
It’s hard to tell, but Gooze has stage-four Metastatic breast cancer. There is no cure, but she’s on a campaign to change that. Not only for herself, but for others battling the disease.
Gooze’s campaign is called “One Woman, Many Lakes.”
With a strong support system alongside her, she’s taking on lakes all around the nation. She recently completed a swim in Minneapolis' Lake Nokomis.
Swimming one to five miles, raising awareness and hopefully money for stage 4 breast cancer research, which she says only receives 2% of all the funding raised for research.
“We feel that we are forgotten that we are ignored, stage four is ignored. So I decided to swim and raise awareness and get people interested in what we are living with.”
Gooze recently completed lake number 14 and so it’s on to the next in Michigan and Washington. Gooze has no plans to stop swimming or stop fighting to survive and to help others do the same.
This year, 226,000 women in the Unites States will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Follow Mary at www.onewomanmanylakes.net