That Dam Swim

That Dam Swim

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We started around number 49. It goes down to 1. The red arrow is where we currently are. Dad is doing awesome! Says he is a little tired and sore.
Dad has had his first break and is doing great!!

This year "That Dam Swim" will benefit Brad Dillon and family. ON JULY 8, 2020, BRAD DILLON (JIM’S BROTHER-IN-LAW) SOUGHT TREATMENT FOR RECURRING PERSISTENT HEADACHES.

OVER THE NEXT 48 HOURS, HIS MEDICAL TEAM WOULD DISCOVER THAT HE HAD A LARGE MASS ON HIS LEFT FRONTAL LOBE. OVER THE NEXT WEEK, THEY WOULD DISCOVER THAT HE HAS GLIOBLASTOMA-MULTIFORME, AN AGGRESSIVE FORM OF BRAIN CANCER, AND WOULD RUSH HIM INTO SURGERY. WHILE BRAD’S SURGERY WAS SUCCESSFUL, GLIOBLASTOMA MULTIFORME IS AN AGGRESSIVE TYPE OF BRAIN CANCER WITH HIGH RECURRENCE RATES. BRAD'S STORY
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Auction to Benefit Brad Dillon by That Dam Swim 24/10/2020

Auction to Benefit Brad Dillon by That Dam Swim

We haven’t been great about publicizing our auction! There’s only one bid on one item so far! Please consider bidding. We have lots of really cool items!

https://thatdamswim.betterworld.org/auctions/brad-dillon-auction

Auction to Benefit Brad Dillon by That Dam Swim Welcome! Thank you for looking at our auction. All proceeds will benefit Brad Dillon, who was diagnosed with Glioblastoma in July 2020.

Raffle 16/09/2020

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We're raffling off a box set of Harry Potter books. The cardboard trunk they are in was signed by . It was a prize Catherine won from and the proceeds will benefit her uncle with cancer. Visit to enter!
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Raffle We’re raffling off a box set of Harry Potter books. The cardboard trunk they are in was signed by . It was a prize Catherine won from and the proceeds will benefit her …

That Dam Swim for Brad 13/09/2020

That Dam Swim for Brad

We are almost half-way to our current GoFundMe goal! You can donate by clicking here. To pledge (Jim's preference), you can click here.
http://thatdamswim.com/2020/09/13/that-dam-swim-for-brad/

That Dam Swim for Brad We are almost half-way to our current GoFundMe goal! You can donate by clicking here. To pledge (Jim’s preference), you can click here.

That Dam Swim for Brad Day 3 05/09/2020

That Dam Swim for Brad Day 3

That Dam Swim for Brad Day 3
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05/09/2020

That Dam Swim for Brad Day 3

September 3, 2020 swimming

05/09/2020

That Dam Swim for Brad Day 1

September 1, 2020 swimming.

That Dam Swim for Brad: Day 1 02/09/2020

That Dam Swim for Brad: Day 1

That Dam Swim for Brad: Day 1
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02/09/2020

This year, Jim is doing That Dam Swim for Brad. Brad Dillon is Jim’s brother-in-law who was recently diagnosed with Glioblastoma. For more info, visit www.thatdamswim.com

That Dam Swim for Brad Day 1 02/09/2020

That Dam Swim for Brad Day 1

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01/09/2020

To keep up with Jim's progress, see the Daily Mileage Tracker at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1k78QWVhjYOo9oHOnw2qZL4RDgqI9rN0PE9DZlZiiGog/edit?usp=sharing

That Dam Swim for Brad 2020 Daily Mileage Tracker 01/09/2020

That Dam Swim for Brad 2020 Daily Mileage Tracker

That Dam Swim for Brad 2020 Daily Mileage Tracker
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That Dam Swim updated their information in their About section. 01/09/2020

That Dam Swim updated their information in their About section.

That Dam Swim updated their information in their About section.

That Dam Swim updated their address. 31/08/2020

That Dam Swim updated their address.

That Dam Swim updated their address.

That Dam Swim for Brad 31/08/2020

That Dam Swim for Brad

This year, instead of doing a one day event, Jim will be doing wild water (outdoor lake) swims along with pool swims every day in September. It will be "That Dam Swim for Brad", an effort to raise money for Jim's brother-in-law who is fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer. For more information, or to pledge or donate, please see www.thatdamswim.com

You may donate directly at https://www.gofundme.com/f/brad-dillion-survival-fund or you may pledge funds per mile at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeTzkabiCV-gWM2syAyKctavwBunIHfJIidnEaeQZIIdtJFjw/viewform.

We thank you so much for your continued love and support!

That Dam Swim for Brad My brother-in-law Brad Dillon has recently started treatment for brain cancer. Please consider pledging or donating whatever you can spare to help us support Brad and his family.

07/09/2019

Starting at 8:00am on Saturday you can follow our progress down the lake.
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06/09/2019

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Hello everyone! This year, we will not be doing a large event for That Dam Swim. Instead, Jim will be swimming Fontana on his own with Catherine on the support boat. If you would like to donate to The Hope Chest for Women, please visit https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=e4yY1VHOTVVXizag5o_E9j8efepxyW4VpYa2nFbS-uaaKxj5BZQSlwY-eVEEPgpYzz6oEm&country.x=US&locale.x=US

For more information about The Hope Chest, see http://hopechestforwomen.org/

Follow our progress down the lake on Saturday, September 7th starting at 8:00am. http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0gL4WOTugJSGfXahR88SVfKKNZVonKbkZ

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10/09/2018
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10/09/2018

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10/09/2018

That Dam Swim 2018 route.

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Click here to support That Dam Swim for Hope 2018 by Jim Cottam

Thank you to all the cooks, boaters, paddle boarders, kayakers and swimmers for making this year's swim another great success. We should have photos and videos to share in the next few days. We will continue accepting donations at https://fundly.com/that-dam-swim-2018 for a few more days. Jim Cottam Chris Lechner Jana Lechner Beth Lindsey Kathy Heatherly Diana Heatherly Steve Bradshaw Michelle McGinnis Arwood Rick Arwood Jeff Greiner Pat Fugate-Hock Christina Camille Long Almond Boat and RV Park, on Lake Fontana Wildwater Ltd Fontana Marina Amanda Burts Michael Kelischek

fundly.com That Dam Swim 2018 will take place on September 8, 2018 at Fontana Lake. We will be swimming, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding the length of Fontana...

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Click here to support That Dam Swim for Hope 2018 by Jim Cottam

Although we have reached our fundraising goal, we are still accepting donations at https://fundly.com/that-dam-swim-2018

You can track our progress tomorrow here starting at 6:30AM: https://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0jSXYQ1zhYT07Y0HG5TLdnEfc9VPil51d

fundly.com That Dam Swim 2018 will take place on September 8, 2018 at Fontana Lake. We will be swimming, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding the length of Fontana...

06/09/2018

How do we swim all day long and not get sunburned?
Boudreaux's Butt Paste

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04/09/2018

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01/09/2018

Open water training with Marty, Jacob, UNC Asheville Lady Bulldogs and Asheville Master's Swimming. Help support the Hope Chest for Women and the Lady Bulldogs. https://fundly.com/that-dam-swim-2018

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It is Taper Time!!! Help support That Dam Swim. https://fundly.com/that-dam-swim-2018

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We just made it to 75% of our goal!!! PLEASE keep sharing our links and telling people about us. https://fundly.com/that-dam-swim-2018

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21/08/2018

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19/08/2018

Training Day 8-18-2018

Getting ready for the big swim on September 8th. Training swim with Coach Elizabeth Lykins, Marty Moran, Skylar and Sydney from the UNCA women's swimming team. Great job ladies and Marty!!

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That Dam Swim 2018

That Dam Swim 2018 will take place on September 8th, 2018 at Fontana Lake. We will be swimming, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding the length of Fontana Lake to raise money for The Hope Chest for Women.
http://thatdamswim.com/2018/07/23/that-dam-swim-2018/

thatdamswim.com That Dam Swim 2018 will take place on September 8th, 2018 at Fontana Lake. We will be swimming, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding the length of Fontana Lake to raise money for The Hope Chest fo…

26/02/2018

We are getting an early start this year. We had our first Fontana Lake swim of the year over the weekend. 7am start, wetsuits and 55-60 degrees. The lake is very different this time of year. It is currently about 30 feet below the summertime level.

21/09/2017

Confections of a Cotton Pickin' Queen

Here is a great article about what Jim Cottam and friends are up to! If you have a chance, please donate to That Dam Swim at https://fundly.com/dam-swim-hike-for-hope-2017

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.citizen-times.com/amp/678819001

19/09/2017

2017 Swimming route and timeline. Help us reach our goal!
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By this time next week we should be closing in on the 14 mile mark and we couldn't do it without some good ole Boudreaux's Butt Paste. Best sunscreen I have ever used!!!

Please consider helping this great local charity
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10/09/2017

Getting ready for That Dam Swim. Great day for a swim!! Water was just right. 79 degrees.

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Swimming and Hiking friends, family and fans. It is that time of the year again!!! On September 23rd Chris Lechner and I will be attempting to swim 22+ miles across Fontana Lake. At the same time, Benny Braden and Dewey Slusher will be hiking the Lakeshore Trail(34 miles) in a single day. Benny is the current speed record holder for hiking all of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park trails and Dewey has hiked up to Mt. [ 165 more words ]

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thatdamswim.com Swimming and Hiking friends, family and fans. It is that time of the year again!!! On September 23rd Chris Lechner and I will be attempting to swim 22+ miles across Fontana Lake. At the same time…

Our Story

Starting in 2014, we have been swimming or paddling the length of Lake Fontana to raise funds for local charities. Most notably the Hope Chest for Women. The Hope Chest is a local non-profit that helps the women of WNC that are battling gynecological and breast cancer pay their medical and non-medical bills. In the last four years we have raised over $30,000.

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That Dam Swim for Brad Day 3
That Dam Swim for Brad Day 1
Training Day 8-18-2018
Finishing Up
We hope you are getting ready Dewey Slusher. Chris Lechner and Jim Cottam are.  That Dam Swim 2017 (The Fontana Lake Cha...
Here comes the pack!

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