Guy O’Leary’s challenge to swim a mile each day during the month of May has so far raised a whopping €70,000 for Cancer Research UK.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Guy — son of Dun Laoghaire Marina developer and local sailing stalwart Michael O’Leary — was diagnosed with cancer after a routine check-up in November 2017 at the age of 34.
Following a lengthy period of treatment, he decided he needed to do something to pay back the medical staff and researchers — not to mention family and friends — whose support means he’s still here today.
That’s where his idea to swim a mile a day in the month of May came about.
These included names familiar to Afloat.ie readers such as Annalise Murphy, the Goodbodys and Kinsale’s Sam Hunt — as well as others with a closer connection to the reason for his challenge such as fellow cancer patient Jim Right Now, and his own oncology nurse Lorna Lee.
Over the month he and his swimming companions braved the chilly waters of Killiney Bay, the more comfortable environs of the Trinity College pool, and even sunny Brockwell Lido and the Olympic pool in London.
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The Final Mile yesterday with @fbmotion @jt.daly and my uncle Jason. Couldn’t believe the support, thanks everyone for coming down to Dun Laoghaire so early. This has been an incredible challenge for me. Thanks to the 45 swimmers who completed a mile with me and for all the donations so far - between all fund raisers we are now north of €75,000 and still counting. Excellent paddle/RIB rescue by @max.goodbody @georgiagoodbody @charliebrowne3787 @harrybrowne13 @gillygoodbody @richardgoodbody1971 To donate please see my bio or visit www.mileadayinmay.org @cr_uk @irishcancersociety
“This has been an incredible challenge for me,” he said after his last swim of the month. “Thanks to the 45 swimmers who completed a mile with me and for all the donations so far.”
As of today the total raised stands at are than £62,000 — and Guy’s fundraising campaign is still active for anyone who wants to contribute.