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We just want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our friends. You are our most important resource, and we need your help now more than ever.

You can be a hero for Nicole.

Nicole was born healthy. For seven years, she was a normal, happy vivacious girl – until the seizures started. At age seven, she was diagnosed with epilepsy, which spiraled rapidly out of control. Therapy, medication, nothing worked to slow her seizures, which culminated in a seizure that left her with permanent damage on her right side. Nicole was forced to relearn everything – how to walk, how to talk, how to eat and drink. Two years ago, she underwent extensive brain surgery to halt the seizures, but Nicole and her mother and family were left with the aftermath of her worst seizure.

Some of you may not know that One with the Water is a non-profit foundation. It’s true! At One with the Water, we don’t just offer swimming lessons. Our mission is to teach the life-skill of swimming to everyone, including children and adults with special needs as well as families with limited financial means, empowering them with confidence and accomplishment. We offer need-based scholarships to persons with mental or physical challenges, including Service-Disabled Veterans, as well as to families struggling financially. We don’t close our doors to anyone who wants to learn to swim!

But we can’t do it alone. We need your help, and we need your networks to spread the word about the life-saving work we do.

Here is how.

Macy’s Shop for a Cause Charity Challenge

We’ve joined Macy’s Shop for a Cause Charity Challenge for a chance to win up to $100,000. From July 11 to August 9, we need to rally our people to donate to One with the Water via the Macy’s Crowdrise funding page. By joining our team (through the link here and creating your own fundraising page connected to One with the Water, we can reach far and wide to help exponentially grow our reach. There are five grand prizes ranging from $10,000-$100,000.

(You’ll notice a donate button on the site, but it won’t go live until July 11th). In the meantime, we need you to join our team!

Additionally, there are weekly bonus challenges throughout the competition that increase our chance of winning extra cash!

To begin:  If we have 10 fundraisers on our team before the Challenge starts on July 11th, we will be entered for a chance to win $1,000.

We need your help.

I challenge you to join our team – there is NO requirement to buy or sell anything! Just share the link and spread the word. Help swimmers like Nicole, who started swimming lessons with One with the Water by rolling onto the pool deck in a wheelchair. Now, she walks onto the pool deck with her mother and brother each day, a huge grin on her face. The benefits of swimming are evident in all her therapies, increasing her strength and mobility at a rapid rate.  She loves the water most though, and for those 30 minutes each time, she works hard, stretching her arms across the lane, stitching uncooperative muscle fiber and wayward neurons back together. For Nicole, swimming has restored her in more ways than one.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. Join us at Macy’s Shop for a Cause Charity Challenge!  

Molly Huggins (For Kenneth and all of us at One with the Water), Community Outreach Coordinator

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