SEBEC, Maine (WABI) – Jennifer Bickford goes to take part in LifeFlight’s annual Islesboro Crossing Fundraiser this yr for the primary time, due to her personal expertise with the service that when helped save the lifetime of her husband.
”Carl had a stroke a yr and a half in the past,” she mentioned. “With the assistance of some nice professionals at LifeFlight, he’s with us at present, and dwelling a full wholesome life.”
The Islesboro Crossing fundraiser is slightly totally different this summer time.
Due to COVID-19, the group determined to cancel the in-person swim or paddle from Northport to Islesboro, and is as a substitute asking individuals to swim or paddle throughout our bodies of water wherever in Maine.
One purpose for this yr’s occasion is to trace no less than one crossing in each one in every of Maine’s 16 counties, and you may already verify off Piscataquis.
Jennifer has a group that’s going to swim throughout Sebec Lake. Twice. Because the ‘Sebec Lake Skirted Swimmers.’
”It’s simply nice to have the ability to give again in that means, with one thing so necessary.”
The Skirted Swimmers are a few of Jennifer’s oldest pals. They are saying when she requested them to swim along with her, it was a simple determination.
”We’ve swam collectively on this lake for thirty-plus years,” mentioned Bickford. “Determined that it was one thing I believe we might do, and I needed to do.”
“We didn’t suppose twice,” Skirted Swimmer Samantha Greenlaw mentioned. “We’ve been pals, all three of us have swam on this lake. So it undoubtedly appeared like a trigger we have been undoubtedly on board with. We’d do something for her.”
“I’m an RN, so I used to be honored to do it, as a result of we additionally use LifeLight in our native hospital,” added good friend nd and fellow swimmer Melanie Baird. “And Jennifer is a super-giving, fantastic particular person. She’s form. She simply provides her coronary heart to her job, and her group.
And naturally, she provides her coronary heart to Carl.
And it’s why she’s swimming to boost cash and consciousness for LifeFlight.
”Carl Means the world to me,” Bickford mentioned. “And I’m thrilled to have the ability to do that in his honor.”
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