Friday, February 12, 2010

Swimming with the Sharks

Friends, family and colleagues,
On June 11, 1962, maximum security prisoners Frank Morris and John and Clarence Anglin chipped through their cement cell walls at the notorious Alcatraz Prison, squeezed through a ventilation shaft to get to the roof, climbed down a drain pipe, scaled a 15-foot fence, and entered the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay. They disappeared into the night, wearing only the meager life preservers they made from stolen rain coats, and were never found, seen, or heard from again. Did they make it to shore safely? We will never know.

On June 6th of this year, I will attempt the same swim from Alcatraz Island to the friendly confines of the San Francisco Aquatic Park. Why? It's certainly not my love for icy waters, strong currents or sharks and jellyfish.

Last year, my very good friend Tisha Pasinski was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). She has currently undergone numerous chemotherapy sessions as well as a stem cell transplant. Tisha is a beautiful 35 year old woman with a resolute spirit who we are confident will conquer this disease. She has the loving, enduring support of her husband Joel and their three beloved children Jakob, Tatum and Joshua.

All of us who have been touched by those who have courageously battled cancer can understand the emotional and financial hardships that are a result of this valiant fight. Please help sponsor me in this event so that we can lend a small hand to a wonderful family in need.

My warmest regards,
Lance Umble


  1. Lance I did this in '05. It is a great experience. The sharks mostly just nibble.

  2. Looking forward to it John. 2 months and counting.............