Hamilton's Marilyn Korzekwa to swim across Lake Superior for Sashbear Foundation

Community Jul 18, 2018 Dundas Star News

Hamilton psychiatrist and long-distance swimmer Marilyn Korzekwa is going the distance one last time in support of mental health.

Korzekwa plans to swim across Lake Superior in mid-August. She will leave Whitefish Point, Mich. sometime between Aug 17 and 22, depending on weather, and plans to arrive at Pancake Bay, Ont. approximately 15 hours later. She is raising money for The Sashbear Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting families across Canada who have loved ones suffering with mental illness.

The 29-kilometre swim has never been done before, although the warmer western end (32 kilometres Wisconsin to Minnesota) of Lake Superior has been swum twice.

Korzekwa, 61, has swum some of the most difficult bodies of water in the world.

Her achievements include being the first person to swim Lake Ontario in both directions. She still holds the Canadian record for the north to south swim at 21 hours. In 2015, Korzekwa was the first person to swim between three provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (34 kilometres, 16:41 minutes, 16.5 C). On March 18, she became the first Canadian and the oldest woman to swim the icy (15 to 16 C) and turbulent Cook Strait between the south and north islands in New Zealand (11:34).

“The Superior swim will be my last swim” she says. “This is the grand finale.”

She has chosen this as her last because “everything is grander on Lake Superior.” She says “It’s going to be a challenge because of the cold temperature of the water and the size of the waves.”

Korzekwa says she has chosen The Sashbear Foundation because it provides a free peer-led course called Family Connections that gives families the skills to become more effective in dealing with mental illness. Funding will go toward Sashbear’s efforts to expand the program across Canada.

“As a psychiatrist, I know that helping families cope with their loved ones is life-changing,” says Korzekwa.

The Sashbear program does not require a referral or diagnosis and the program is free.

The Sashbear Foundation was created in 2011 by Lynn Courey and Mike Menu, whose daughter Sasha Menu-Courey died by suicide that year. Courey will be travelling in the boat alongside Korzekwa during the swim.

To donate to Marilyn’s swim, visit http://sashbear.org/en/events-main/events-2/making-waves-4-sashbear-lake-superior.

For more information and to follow Korzekwa's progress, see http://swimwithmarilyn.blogspot.com/.

Hamilton's Marilyn Korzekwa to swim across Lake Superior for Sashbear Foundation

Community Jul 18, 2018 Dundas Star News

Hamilton psychiatrist and long-distance swimmer Marilyn Korzekwa is going the distance one last time in support of mental health.

Korzekwa plans to swim across Lake Superior in mid-August. She will leave Whitefish Point, Mich. sometime between Aug 17 and 22, depending on weather, and plans to arrive at Pancake Bay, Ont. approximately 15 hours later. She is raising money for The Sashbear Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting families across Canada who have loved ones suffering with mental illness.

The 29-kilometre swim has never been done before, although the warmer western end (32 kilometres Wisconsin to Minnesota) of Lake Superior has been swum twice.

Korzekwa, 61, has swum some of the most difficult bodies of water in the world.

Her achievements include being the first person to swim Lake Ontario in both directions. She still holds the Canadian record for the north to south swim at 21 hours. In 2015, Korzekwa was the first person to swim between three provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (34 kilometres, 16:41 minutes, 16.5 C). On March 18, she became the first Canadian and the oldest woman to swim the icy (15 to 16 C) and turbulent Cook Strait between the south and north islands in New Zealand (11:34).

“The Superior swim will be my last swim” she says. “This is the grand finale.”

She has chosen this as her last because “everything is grander on Lake Superior.” She says “It’s going to be a challenge because of the cold temperature of the water and the size of the waves.”

Korzekwa says she has chosen The Sashbear Foundation because it provides a free peer-led course called Family Connections that gives families the skills to become more effective in dealing with mental illness. Funding will go toward Sashbear’s efforts to expand the program across Canada.

“As a psychiatrist, I know that helping families cope with their loved ones is life-changing,” says Korzekwa.

The Sashbear program does not require a referral or diagnosis and the program is free.

The Sashbear Foundation was created in 2011 by Lynn Courey and Mike Menu, whose daughter Sasha Menu-Courey died by suicide that year. Courey will be travelling in the boat alongside Korzekwa during the swim.

To donate to Marilyn’s swim, visit http://sashbear.org/en/events-main/events-2/making-waves-4-sashbear-lake-superior.

For more information and to follow Korzekwa's progress, see http://swimwithmarilyn.blogspot.com/.

Hamilton's Marilyn Korzekwa to swim across Lake Superior for Sashbear Foundation

Community Jul 18, 2018 Dundas Star News

Hamilton psychiatrist and long-distance swimmer Marilyn Korzekwa is going the distance one last time in support of mental health.

Korzekwa plans to swim across Lake Superior in mid-August. She will leave Whitefish Point, Mich. sometime between Aug 17 and 22, depending on weather, and plans to arrive at Pancake Bay, Ont. approximately 15 hours later. She is raising money for The Sashbear Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting families across Canada who have loved ones suffering with mental illness.

The 29-kilometre swim has never been done before, although the warmer western end (32 kilometres Wisconsin to Minnesota) of Lake Superior has been swum twice.

Korzekwa, 61, has swum some of the most difficult bodies of water in the world.

Her achievements include being the first person to swim Lake Ontario in both directions. She still holds the Canadian record for the north to south swim at 21 hours. In 2015, Korzekwa was the first person to swim between three provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (34 kilometres, 16:41 minutes, 16.5 C). On March 18, she became the first Canadian and the oldest woman to swim the icy (15 to 16 C) and turbulent Cook Strait between the south and north islands in New Zealand (11:34).

“The Superior swim will be my last swim” she says. “This is the grand finale.”

She has chosen this as her last because “everything is grander on Lake Superior.” She says “It’s going to be a challenge because of the cold temperature of the water and the size of the waves.”

Korzekwa says she has chosen The Sashbear Foundation because it provides a free peer-led course called Family Connections that gives families the skills to become more effective in dealing with mental illness. Funding will go toward Sashbear’s efforts to expand the program across Canada.

“As a psychiatrist, I know that helping families cope with their loved ones is life-changing,” says Korzekwa.

The Sashbear program does not require a referral or diagnosis and the program is free.

The Sashbear Foundation was created in 2011 by Lynn Courey and Mike Menu, whose daughter Sasha Menu-Courey died by suicide that year. Courey will be travelling in the boat alongside Korzekwa during the swim.

To donate to Marilyn’s swim, visit http://sashbear.org/en/events-main/events-2/making-waves-4-sashbear-lake-superior.

For more information and to follow Korzekwa's progress, see http://swimwithmarilyn.blogspot.com/.