When Michelle Cherrick dives into the brisk waters of the San Francisco Bay for the 2012 Bob Roper Invitational Golden Gate Swim on October 14th, 2012, she won’t just be freestyling through the dark green tide; she’ll be raising money for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF).
Michelle took to the pool at the age of six and became a nationally ranked age group swimmer before taking a 25 year break from the water. Four years ago and seeking a new challenge, she decided to pursue open water swimming and recently competed in the 2012 Trans Tahoe Relay and has completed the Tiburon Mile (Angel Island to Tiburon) the last three years.
Michelle was diagnosed with a form of Alopecia eight years ago, and hopes that her effort to swim the 2 mile span of the Golden Gate Bridge on its 75th anniversary will not only draw attention to those with alopecia areata and alopecia spectrum disorders, but will also give them hope and inspiration to challenge themselves. “Aloepcia Areata is an insidious disease that chips away at one's self-esteem regardless of one's age. I want to cross the Golden Gate to bring greater awareness to this disease and inspire those who are afflicted, especially children, to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams no matter how big or small," the San Rafael resident says.
Please support Michelle and NAAF at www.naaf.org/michelle.
For SF Bay area folks: you can ride along in the Spectators' Boat and enjoy breakfast by registering here>>>