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David’s Old Silver Swim Raises Over $100,000

The contributions made to David’s Old Silver Swim, which was held last summer, have been received and tallied and race president Robert Catalano and Dr. David Garber were able to present a $101,218 check to Ronald Hoffman to benefit Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS).

The 8th annual David’s Old Silver Swim was held August 11 on Old Silver Beach, North Falmouth. The .5- or 1-mile open ocean swim is a fundraiser for CCALS, which provides support for ALS patients with the goal of maximizing their quality of life. CCALS has provided Dr. Garber with communication technology, which translates his eye movements into speech, a high-tech wheelchair that allows him to venture into the world, and a specialized van that allows him to visit friends and attend appointments.

CCALS provides similar services to more than 800 patients. All of its funding comes from contributions; it does not charge patients for its services.

Dr. Garber has been living with ALS for over nine years. Despite being dependent on a ventilator to breathe, he recently traveled to New Orleans and hosted a holiday party for 60 of his friends at a local restaurant. None of this would be possible without the wealth of services provided by CCALS.

The 9th annual David’s Old Silver Swim is scheduled for August 10.