CLL Society Inc.
P.O. Box 1390
Claremont, CA 91711
Contact: Patricia Koffman, Executive Director
CLL Society Inc.
For Immediate Release
50-Year-Old LA Man Swimming 22 Miles From Catalina Island To Rancho Palos Verdes August 4-5, Raising Funds For Leukemia Patients
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 31, 2018) A generous heart, grief for a loved one, months of crushing physical training, a grueling 22-mile solo ocean swim and a GoFundMe page will all be in play August 4 when 50-year-old Stan Kurtz of Tarzana enters the water at Two Harbors, Catalina Island at midnight and braves 12 hours of ocean waves (6 in darkness/ 6 in daylight) to swim the Catalina Channel, arriving at noon on August 5 at rocky Terranea Beach in Rancho Palos Verdes, raising much-needed funds for the CLL Society, the nation’s only patient-centric, physician–curated non-profit dedicated to addressing the unmet needs of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) patients and their caregivers.
Stanton is channeling his grief over the loss of his father-in-law, Saul Levi, who passed away from CLL on April 15, by honoring him with this swim and raising funds for the CLL Society, which brought the family critical support during Saul’s struggle with the disease.
“The pain is too much not to do something. I want to harness it to help others,” says Kurtz.
The GoFundMe: Swim Catalina for Leukemia donations will give a significant boost to the CLL Society’s ability to lead patient support groups across the country, offer free expert 2nd opinions to under-served CLL patients, distribute CLL news alerts, conduct live educational forums and to publish interviews with leading CLL researchers from around the world on its website https://cllsociety.org/.
CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) is the most common adult blood cancer in the US and is classified as both a leukemia and a lymphoma.
Onboard the escort boat Bottom Scratcher will be the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation’s Official Observers ensuring that their strict rules are adhered to. For Stan to be officially recognized as the 452nd Catalina Channel Solo Swimmer, he must cross the channel from the natural connecting shore, touch the opposite natural connecting shore and clear the water. Additionally, the Federation will certify that Stan met all the required medical and distance benchmarks during training, that he complied with all regulations which state that the swimmer may not touch anything except bathing suit, bathing cap, goggles and food during his swim, and that he exited the water at completion without assistance. Water temperatures are expected to be in the 60-degree range. No wet suit is allowed.
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