Swimmers race to support those with diabetes

NEGAUNEE —  The Swim Teal Lake Benefit for Diabetes on July 25th was all about the spirit of competition and the will to compete.

For Lindsey and Charlie Degabriele, the event meant so much more.

“She’s joining us today to raise money for mom and everyone else who struggles with diabetes,” said Lindsey Degabriele, participant in Swim Teal Lake Benefit. “She’s been social distancing, wearing her mask, and staying healthy.”

The Degabrieles weren’t the only ones fighting for this special cause. Lory Smith traveled almost two hours to participate.

She’s hurdled many obstacles in life, but this task, was for other lives.

“I love to swim and it’s really nice that they were able to put this on when every other race is canceled,” said Lory Smith, participant in the Swim Teal Lake Benefit. “Then I was able to raise $500 towards the benefit. I have some friends who have kids and I have a nephew, who has a son with diabetes so it’s a good fundraiser.”

Despite the status of the world with COVID–19, Swimmers raced hard, the crowd cheered on the competitors, and the goal of safety and fun was accomplished.

“Everyone was very happy that we were still able to do our swim today,” said Kristen Cambensy, Race Director for the Swim Teal Lake Benefit. “There was a lot of events that have been canceled because of COVID–19 so we were very happy that we could still have our event.”

COVID–19 hasn’t stopped their determination and fortitude to live a normal and healthy life.

Diabetes is not going to stop them.