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Chappaqua Swimmers Battle Cancer Close to Home

MAMARONECK, N.Y.—The Chappaqua Swim and Tennis club participated in a local Swim Across America event at the Orienta Beach Club in Mamaroneck to help raise funds for cancer research, prevention and treatment.

Karen Marcum and David Simon both lost their lives to cancer and the team honored them with the team name, “Karen and David”.

Marcum, sister of CST team coach Dan Levy, was a swimmer as a child, winning the Tarrytown YMCA championship in the breast stroke.  Karen lost her battle with cancer in 2008.

David Simon, the father of two swimmers in the Chappaqua Swim and Tennis Club , was heavily involved in the club, serving as its’ unofficial photographer before losing his battle with kidney cancer in 2007.

“My kids spent every summer at CST,” said Judy Simon, widow of David. “The younger kids didn’t really know him but the older kids knew him very well.”

Judy’s children, Henry and Molly have been involved with CST since ages 3 and 5 respectively.

“He was so proud of them,” Simon said.

Before his father was diagnosed with kidney cancer, Henry, now a senior at Horace Greeley High School, began swimming across the Hudson in the Hudson River Swim for Life event every September. The Hudson River Swim benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society , which raises money for a cure to leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma.

“David thought it would be a good bar mitzvah project for him because he loves to swim,” Judy Simon said.

After 2007, Molly and Henry did the swim together twice and dedicated it to David Simon.

“Hopefully they’ll make a difference,” Judy Simon said. “It gives them a way of fighting back. They’ve probably raised $25,000 for cancer the past five years.”

Henry splits some of the money he raises annually for the Hudson River Swim, donating to kidney cancer research as well.

“It allows me to do something I’m good at to raise money for a good cause,” Henry Simon said. “It’s a good way to turn a hobby of mine into a good thing.”

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