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If you wish to contribute to Jack's fund, please send donations to:

Jack Jablonski Fund

3001 Louisiana Avenue North

Minneapolis, MN 55427

Or any Wells Fargo Bank, & mention "Jack Jablonski Fund"

*If you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Jack Jablonski BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation where the proceeds benefit SCI research and recovery efforts, please visit www.bel13vefoundation.org and select the red "DONATE" box on the bottom right corner of the home page.  

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Take the Plunge

No, I'm not referring to marriage, which is often associated with the phrase, "Take the plunge." 

Instead, I'm referring to a cause. It's called Swim With Mike (www.swimwithmike.org). SWM is an outstanding organization that provides scholarships to physically challenged athletes like Jack. They're based at USC because Mike Nyeholt, who was an elite level swimmer (with world rankings) attended USC and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance in 1978. However, in 1981, Mike broke his neck in a life-changing motorcycle accident. 

Almost immediately, a close friend of Mike's - Ron Orr, set out to raise money through a swim-a-thon for an adaptive van. Needless to say, funds were raised, and lots of them, so the two established the Swim With Mike non-profit organization. Orr serves as the Executive Director and Nyeholt is Chairman of the Board. Their vision has raised over $15 Million dollars for advanced education scholarships that help physically challenged athletes overcome their tragedies and realize their full potential. Over 178 scholarship recipients have attended schools from coast to coast. 

Every year USC hosts the main SWM event - a swim-a-thon, while satellite events are held throughout the country. This year, SWM celebrates its 35th annual event on April 11th at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. It's a day packed with, you guessed it…swimming and water-related activities as well as other attractions like a silent auction and raffle, a barbecue, live music performed by the infamous USC Trojan Marching Band, and participation by student athletes (think USC football team) and the popular Song Girls. 

The event also attracts celebrity attention. Yup, Will Ferrell (who attended USC) has been known to show up and take the plunge, while this year, Olympic Swimmer, Amanda Beard will be on hand. So will Michelle Beadle, ESPN's SportsNation co-host, and, if you recall, she was also Jack's Senior Prom date last year.

We love Michelle and her willingness to support Jack without hesitation. I say this because she's also a great sport. Why? She's agreed to participate in the event's Belly Flop Contest. Yikes! She's a brave woman. But seriously, we really appreciate her generosity and support of Swim With Mike. She understands how much SWM has done for Jack. They've allowed him the opportunity to attend a top-notch school, pursue his dream of becoming a broadcast journalist, and experience independence and the ability to realize his full potential despite his injury. We are beyond grateful to the SWM organization for making college a reality for Jack. And a fabulous one. 

As you can imagine, each scholarship recipient is responsible for raising funds so that SWM can continue its efforts to help other athletes who have experienced life-changing injuries and/or illnesses. If you're able or interested in making a donation on Jack's behalf, here's a link to his fundraising page: https://swimwithmike.org/…/fundr…/Jack-Jablonski-fundraiser/

Max and I will be volunteering at the event. We're looking forward to helping out at this awesome fundraiser, and of course, to seeing our friend Michelle Beadle do the belly flop. Two not-to-miss opportunities that are near and dear to our hearts. 

We appreciate your consideration to take the plunge and help Jack help SWM. 


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john & carol giovinco
By john & carol giovinco
Good Morning Jack, Max, Leslie, & Mike, Best of Luck with the fundraiser and we want to wish all of you a HAPPY & HOLY EASTER!!!! GOD BLESS all!!!!
LOVE & PRAYERS continue~
Carol & John
xoxoxo's
Az.
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Kathleen Bennett
By Kathleen Bennett
Wishing for the best.
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Caro Wiles
By Caro-Claire and Martin Wiles
Hope this fund raiser will be a great success
Blessings
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C J Cord
By C J Cord
Jack is so blessed to have been afforded so many opportunities to be able to pursue his education. God is Good.
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nancy shaver
By Nancy Lee Shaver
Blessings for all you do to help others. May God continue to use you in so many ways. Thank you for your faithfulness. Many have been helped because of what you have done.
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Janet Johnson
By Jan Johnson
SWM is a great organization and has given Jack support of all natures. Great to hear about this fabulous event coming up.
God bless you all.
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Val and Karl Peterson
By Val and Karl Peterson Lake Havasu, AZ (formerly Monticello, MN.
What a wonderful opportunity for Jack and all the other recipients. Hope it is a huge success and you all enjoy your time together.
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Michelle Severson
By Michelle Severson