Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad swam for 48 hours straight, raising money for AmeriCares' Hurricane Sandy Relief program.
Nyad completed the marathon in New York City's Herald Square shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday. Fans and Hurricane Sandy survivors from the tri-state area cheered for Nyad as she took on the challenge.
The "Nyad Swim for Relief" comes on the heels of her record-breaking swim last month from Cuba to Florida.
The event was sponsored by Proctor and Gamble and was held in the weeks leading up to the one-year anniversary of the storm. By Thursday afternoon, more than $107,000 had been raised via internet donations at NyadSwimforRelief.com. Proceeds from the relief campaign, which runs through Oct. 31, will fund AmeriCares health programs for survivors in the hardest hit areas of New York and New Jersey.
“Diana Nyad not only performed yet another amazing athletic feat today, but she reminded the world that we have not forgotten about Sandy survivors,” said AmeriCares President and CEO Curt Welling. “Disaster response and recovery is a long-distance sport – you jump in and keep going until you get the job done.”
AmeriCares, a Stamford-based nonprofit, has been aiding survivors of natural disasters, political conflict and extreme poverty worldwide for more than 30 years, saving lives and restoring health and hope. AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Program focuses on restoring access to medical care and mental health services in storm-damaged communities
The program provides donated medicines and relief supplies, as well as cash grants to nonprofit organizations assisting the recovery efforts. To date, the nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization has provided $6.5 million in aid benefitting more than 450,000 survivors.