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"Raising MS Awareness with Every Lake I Swim"


June Lake, CA - August 12, 2023


Tenaya Lake, CA - August 11, 2023

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    On August 11th & 12th, 2023 I will be back in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, where I will once again be swimming to Raise MS Awareness. 

    My inspiration for Sierra Nevada Open Water 4MS came to me in 2014 as I stood on the deck of June Mountain ski lodge over looking the majestic blue-green waters of June and Gull Lakes. In 2021, I swam both of these lakes and also Lake Mary. This Sumer 2023, I will be swimming the length of another lake of inspiration - Tenya Lake in Yosemite National Park. Sitting at an elevation of 8,150'. I will also be swimming the length of June Lake again, though this time with family & friends swimming along side me.

    Please, support me and Sierra Nevada Open Water 4MS in my swims of Tenaya Lake & June Lake in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Donations benefiting the Race to Erase MS  foundation, and the "Center Without Walls" program, racing to one day find a cure for MS. 


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    Race to Erase MS is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of Multiple Sclerosis. Funding research is the core focus of the foundation and all funds raised support their Center Without Walls program, a selected network of the nation's top MS research centers. This nationwide collaboration of physicians and scientists are on the cutting-edge of innovative research programs, working as a team on therapeutic approaches to eradicate MS. In addition to combatting MS through research in a clinical environment, hoping to increase awareness by educating the public about this mystifying disease.

    Today the Race to Erase MS has raised over 50 million for Multiple Sclerosis research.The foundation is proud to have funded the scientific discoveries that lead to the FDA approval of 'Ocrevus' in March 2017. A breakthrough drug benefitting those with Relapsing Remitting MS and Progressive MS. 

 - Race to Erase MS is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of Multiple Sclerosis.                  All proceeds raised benefits our Center Without Walls program -

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"Raising MS Awareness with Every Lake I Swim"

Richard (Dix) Gardner
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