Countless are the miles Tobey Saracino has logged in the water to fulfill her passion for marathon swimming. The 35-year-old Rye High School graduate continually breaks records in the sport, and has joined elite company by persevering across the 30-mile English Channel and around Manhattan Island’s 28.5-mile perimeter.
When Saracino participated in Swim Across the Sound August 7, however, she wasn’t doing it to etch her name in the record books or accomplish a momentous feat. The swim was about having fun while raising money to support cancer screening, education, support and financial assistance programs at St. Vincent’s Medical Foundation.
“My grandmother survived six types of cancer and, as a child, I watched her go through chemo and radiation,” said Saracino. “It was really hard to understand at such a young age, but the impact of the situation was never lost on me. She was a survivor who taught me strength and determination. My aunt also battled breast cancer and won. Watching these women do something far more courageous than I have ever done definitely gave me inspiration to give back.”