STRATFORD, Conn. — Laurie Trupp was training to run the New York City Marathon in 2007, when she felt a lump in her breast and knew she needed to get it checked out.
Her suspicions proved correct: She had triple negative breast cancer and would spend her 50th birthday in the hospital getting radiation treatments.
"It's crazy to think that one minute your life's on track and then all of a sudden you get knocked off course and have to start all over,” the Stratford resident said.
This year Trupp will celebrate 10 years of being cancer free and honor all those who have fought the disease by taking part in the 30th annual SWIM Across the Sound on Aug. 5.
She is part of Colony Hot Oilers, a six-person relay team who will take turns swimming 15.5 miles from Port Jefferson, New York to Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport. About 200 other swimmers will be accompanied by a fleet of 100 boats in the annual race to raise funds and awareness.
After supporting SWIM Across the Sound for about 15 years, Trupp was asked to join the Colony Hot Oilers in 2016.
A yoga instructor for 13 years, she decided to hold a special health and wellness event for all of her students to help raise fund for the SWIM. In addition to the educational component, she incorporated raffle baskets.
She doubled her fundraising goal, ending the night with $3,000 in donations.
"It was a double blessing to be able to give my students wellness and health, while raising money for the SWIM at the same time," Trupp said. "I am so grateful that my yoga students, along with many other friends and family, came together and supported me in the SWIM.”
After participating in the SWIM’s Aquathon for many years, Trupp was honored to finally be a part of a SWIM relay team and she's looking forward to her second year.
"If I can swim even a little slower than my friends and still cross the finish line, that is enough for me to know I am making a difference," she said. "Everyone should do something even if it makes the smallest difference in the world."
Donations to SWIM Across the Sound can be made at swimacrossthesound.org/marathon2017.
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