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Former Army Swimmer on a Personal Mission to Help Others

March 14, 2023

Dan Head, a resident of Stratford, CT, has been participating in the Swim Across the Sound Marathon since 2015. In 2022, Dan was captain of Team RBG – short for “Rock the Black & Gold” a four-man, all veteran team. Dan has some serious swimming cred that predates Team RBG. He swam at West Point on the Army Swim Team, Class of 1995. The Swim Across the Sound Marathon is a more personal challenge that fits the bill for Dan, in more ways than one. “I enjoy open water swimming - and I believe in the cause,” he says. “Let’s face it, cancer sucks. Helping patients and families hold their lives together during treatment is important.” It’s not difficult to feel the sense of camaraderie Dan and his teammates exhibit. It’s also very clear why his passion for the cause runs deep. “Cancer took three of my grandparents, my mother, and the wife of a very good friend,” Dan explains. “My dad also had cancer but survived. I’ve seen how much havoc it can create. I’m just trying to do my part to make life a little easier for folks who are struggling.” For those looking for inspiration to tackle the 15.5 mile swim from Port Jefferson, NY, to Captains Cove in Bridgeport, CT, Dan has got some. “We’re all just trying to do the right thing. If you’re a former competitive swimmer and/or a boating enthusiast, consider joining the cause. It’s not hard to find a team. It will help you get into better physical shape in your own life and it’s a fun day out on the water. Plus, Cancer is a nightmare. If you can, I would ask that you try to do your part and help patients and families who are just trying to survive.” You can support Dan and Team RGB by visiting their fundraising page here.