NEW SOLIDARITY CHALLENGE - 05/08/2015

NEW SOLIDARITY CHALLENGE - 05/08/2015

The 2015 Cadaqués Swimathon will have a solidarity component: a group of swimmers will be taking part to raise funds to help ALS sufferer Jano Galán.

 

July 2015 - In August 2014 a group of sportsmen and women wanted to raise funds to help Jano Galán, so they took part in the UltraEbre Swim Marathon. The figures speak for themselves: in 5 hours and 23 minutes they swum a distance of 30,830 metres and raised 7,263 € to cover the cost of a specially-adapted wheelchair.

 

On 19 September a new challenge will take place: the 4th eDreams Swimathon Cup in Cadaqués. The goal: to raise 10,000 € to buy the software, computer and retina recognition equipment that will enable Jano to speak and communicate by computer.

 

Jano Galán himself will play an active part in the challenge, being part of the team led by Daniel Rossinés to swim the sea course.

Jano will be supported in a harness and wear a neoprene wetsuit and a full-face mask to prevent water entering his airways since, given the extent of his condition (ALS), this could be life-threatening for him.

 

The Swimathon organisation is fully involved in the challenge and will provide all the technical means required for the event to take place with the highest levels of safety.

 

The event will be accompanied by other activities organised by different companies, among them Comansi, Mr. Ripley and Helly Hansen, raising funds for making Jano's everyday life a little easier.

 

Jano is 38 years old and has a wife and three children. In 2012 he was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a degenerative motor neurone disease.

 

“I thought I was just a normal guy, I had my children, my wife, my family, my friends. And I had my job, my hobbies, my plans and my dreams…I had it all, but I didn't realise it. Now I have ALS. I'm 38 years old and I'll soon be dead. But I won't go down without a fight. I want to be extraordinary.”

 

 

Contacto prensa:
Marina Coll/ Anaïs Mas
+34 679 107 457
mcoll@mrripley.es amas@mrripley.es