The most senior participant at this past weekend’s Swim Across America event at the Orienta Beach Club in Mamaroneck, NY, was 82-year-old Don Fowley, a resident at The Osborn’s Sterling Park Independent Living community in Rye. On Saturday, July 20, Fowley swam an impressive 66 laps to complete the one-mile goal and helped his team raise more than $43,000 to help fund cancer research.
“Mr. Fowley’s athletic performance is a true inspiration to seniors everywhere,” said Matthew G. Anderson, The Osborn President and CEO. “He represents the spirit of The Osborn community – vibrant people living an upbeat, engaged lifestyle.”
“I got to swim in front of my whole family, including my wife Jeanne, three children and seven grandchildren,” said Fowley, a former competitive swimmer from the Bronx, who lost his first wife, Kathleen, to cancer more than 20 years ago. “That’s why I swim.”
Fowley, a retired food industry executive, has now participated in Swim Across America events for the past 27 years which, as an organization, has raised over $80 million for cancer research and clinical trials.
Proceeds from this swim will support immunotherapy research at the Swim Across America Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, pediatric oncology research at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and patient services with Cancer Support Team.
The Osborn is a private, non-profit, continuum of care community, founded in 1908 and based in Rye, New York. It offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, a Five-Star Skilled Nursing Facility, as well as In- and Outpatient Rehabilitation care. In addition to residential and healthcare services on its 56-acre campus, the organization provides home care in Westchester and Fairfield Counties through Osborn Home Care. The Osborn is accredited by CARF and has an A- rating from Fitch.