DEDHAM — Rori Knott and Jenny Sewell have been close friends for 10 years. So when Knott participated in the Beach to Beach Swim for Breast Cancer as a swimmer and kayaker, Sewell was always there to cheer her on.
“We are both really committed to supporting local fundraisers,” Sewell said.
Knott added, “Statistically speaking, you know that breast cancer will touch everyone in some way. But you really never think it will happen to you or your loved ones.”
For more than eight years, Knott and Sewell have supported Beach to Beach, which benefits Caring Connections, a cooperative program of Eastern Maine Medical Center and the Bangor Y. This year the event has a particularly special meaning for the longtime friends.
In 2010, Sewell was diagnosed with breast cancer. She joined the breast cancer support group for women age 40 and younger offered by Caring Connections.
“It has been one of my greatest supports during the last year,” Sewell said. “I am able to talk and connect with other women going through the same experiences. For an hour, we talk without feeling like we are going on and on about cancer to our friends and family.”
Knott is proud of Sewell, who has never been one to attract attention to her personal challenges. “Jenny has always been a quiet supporter of the fundraising efforts of her friends and family,” Knott said. “It’s been impressive to see her become involved and open about her own experience with cancer.”
This year, for the first time ever, Sewell will volunteer at the Beach to Beach Swim for Breast Cancer. Knott, who will swim at the event, will be there to cheer her on.
The 11th annual Beach to Beach Swim for Breast Cancer will be held on Sunday, Aug. 7, at Jenkins Beach on Green Lake in Dedham. To register, make a donation or for more information, visit www.beachtobeach.org.