In 1975 registered nurse, Doris Hollingsworth, was enjoying her indoor heated pool. She soon realized how much swimming was helping her arthritic condition. She also knew that many others with mobility difficulties could benefit from the water and its therapy.
She began by inviting five people with MS and ten volunteers to use their pool regularly without cost or obligation. In fact, Doris and husband, Russ, would never accept anything. This generous, caring invitation was the seed that has blossomed into SWIM. Within five years, the fledgling group had grown to 75 people per week. The need for more space and funds to cover the costs became abundantly obvious. Hence, SWIM, Inc. came into being.
Various pools agreed to accommodate the ever increasing numbers of mobility impaired adults and volunteers. Many friends: individuals, organizations, and corporations came forward to provide encouragement and financial support. Doris’s spirit of compassion, generosity, and kindness has infused the movement from its inception.
These three qualities of compassion, generosity and kindness can only be known and experienced in relationship with another or others.
Come, be a part of SWIM, Inc.’s living legacy with joy and satisfaction.
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