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David’s Old Silver Swim to raise funds for ALS

By: Liz Sherman, August 23, 2011

courtesy David Garber – North Falmouth physician Dr. David Garber was an avid swimmer along Old Silver Beach for many years before he was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gerhig’s Disease.

The first David’s Old Silver Swim will take place this Saturday at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth to benefit Compassionate Care ALS, a West Falmouth-based organization that helps patients and families deal with the progressive disease.

The event is also a chance for friends and family to honor David Garber of North Falmouth, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis two years ago.

Swimmers of all ages, levels, and physical abilities are invited and encouraged to bring kickboards and other flotation devices to the swim: all ages, swim levels and physical abilities are welcome to swim, paddle or float the half-mile or one-mile course along Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth, starting and finishing at the spectacular Sea Crest Beach Resort.

The event will include an after-swim celebration with an awards ceremony, raffle and silent auction. Some of the awards will be for Best Dressed Swimmer, Most Creative Flotation Device, Best Flosser, and Swimmer with the Loudest Fan Club.

Registration for the swim is $45, and includes a gift bag.

For more information, go to David’s Old Silver Swim or call swim director Ali MacDonald at 310-741-1935.

The fine print:

  • Swimmer check-in is between 8 and 9:15 AM on Saturday. The swim begins at 9:30 and there will be a ceremony at 11 AM.
  • Participants under 18 must have a parent’s or guardian’s consent and participants under age 8 must register with an adult swim-buddy.
  • The course is out and back along the shore (half-mile or one-mile) and will be marked with ropes and buoys.