Ray Gandy (Coventry, RI) became the first (and only) Rhode Islander to successfully swim the English Channel (21 miles) in 2009.
In 2010, he was recognized by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame for his world record-setting single & double circumnavigation of Conanicut Island (Jamestown), RI by swimming 41.2 miles in 20 hours and 17 minutes.
Ray has swum across Tampa Bay, FL; Lake George, NY; Lake Memphremagog, Canada; Long Island Sound, NY; and various other events and distances.
Learn more about Ray at his website www.rayswims.com
A note from Ray - "Many of you know my wife, Donna was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) in 1992. She successfully underwent an unrelated bone marrow transplant at the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston in 1993. As a part of that, I signed up for the Bone Marrow Donor Registry and was blessed with donating for someone else in need (also with CML). Further, our daughter Jessica has served as an intern at the Brigham & Women's and Dana Farber Cancer Research lab for two summers. She has since been licensed as a Cardiac EMT and is studying pre-med in college. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) plays an active role in research, advocacy and information sharing regarding treatments and cures. I have personally chosen this organization to benefit from a portion of the proceeds from this swim. Please consider sponsoring a mile and dedicating a portion of this event to someone that matters to you!"