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As many of you know, Michael Heaney, former swimmer and 2009 graduate of The College of New Jersey, was involved in a severe accident on April 11th, 2012 when he was hit by a car while riding his bike. He was left in critical condition and, as a testament to his strength, he miraculously survived. Unfortunately his fight is a long and slow one. Michael received fairly extensive brain damage and has been in a semi-vegetative state. He has been in and out of hospitals and rehabilitation centers since his accident, where he has been undergoing surgeries, as well as cognitive and physical rehabilitation. Most recently, doctors have confirmed that he has been responding in small ways to stimulation and has even been following simple commands like blinking and moving his left arm. The hope is that he becomes more consistent with this behavior and continues to progress. No one can say for sure what lies ahead, but knowing Mike’s incredible willpower, and strength of a small bear, we all remain positive that he will come out of this in the best way he can manage.
That being said, a long and difficult road awaits our friend. He is going to need the love and support of friends and family in his journey. He and his family have many burdens facing them during this time of need, and one of the biggest unknown burdens is financial. Thus we are trying to raise funds to help pay for his rehabilitation and long term care. After some thought, it was decided there would be no better way to honor a great friend, teammate and swimmer than by hosting an ocean swim to benefit him. Consequently, we, the family, friends and teammates of Michael Heaney, organized the first official ocean mile race in 2012 to help with the rising medical and rehabilitation costs he and his family have incurred since his accident in April 2012. Mike continues to fight his daily battles to recover but with your support and assistance, there is no doubt that Mike will come out of this ordeal in the best way possible!
We want to thank everyone in advance and appreciate all your efforts. We look forward to seeing you at the next 1500 Meters for Mike!
- - 1500 Meters for Mike Team
Event schedule and times
When: Saturday, September 21, 2013
Location: On the beach, 10th Avenue and Ocean Avenue, Belmar Beach, NJ
Time: 7:00am – Day of Registration Opens
8:30am – Race start (wave 1, subsequent waves will be ~3 minutes apart)
Price: $25.00 to swim (100% of proceeds will be going to a fund for Michael and his family)
Race Distance: 1500 meters (1 mile)
Prizes: Each pre-registered competitor will receive a t-shirt.
The top three male and top three female swimmers will receive an award