All 50 Miles Sponsored! 

Consider being in the Mile 50+ Club!

While all miles have been sponsored, please consider a donation to IROC as a Mile 50+ Club member. ALL proceeds will go directly in support of IROC and it's members. Click (HERE) to give your tax deductible donation and be sure to note that it is in support of Ray's swim.

Thanks to the following Mile Sponsors.  The Mile Sponsors name(s), honoree name(s) and any provided text will be read to Ray at each mile when he feeds.  Ray cannot touch the boat or have any assistance throughout the entire swim. 

Mile 1 Sponsor - Mike Durand, Kim Poland, William & Kerry Finnegan

Mile 1 Honoree - Coventry Lumber, family and friends

Mile 2 Sponsor - Mike Durand, Kim Poland, William & Kerry Finnegan

Mile 2 Honoree - Coventry Lumber, family and friends

Mile 3 Sponsor - Mike Durand, Kim Poland, William & Kerry Finnegan

Mile 3 Honoree - Coventry Lumber, family and friends

Mile 4 Sponsor - Mike Durand, Kim Poland, William & Kerry Finnegan

Mile 4 Honoree -Coventry Lumber, family and friends

Mile 5 Sponsor - Mike Durand, Kim Poland, William & Kerri Finnegan

Mile 5 Honoree -Coventry Lumber, family and friends

Mile 6 Sponsor - Keith & Rosanna Pederzani

Mile 6 Honoree -Honroring those that serve our country.

Mile 7 Sponsor - Dean & Joan Marchessault

Mile 7 Honoree - Family & friends

Mile 8 Sponsor - Andy Caso

Mile 8 Honoree - Family & friends

Mile 9 Sponsor - The Wave Runners (Lauren, Lisa, Steph & Gail)

Mile 9 Honoree - Think about how happy you are that you are swimming 50 miles rather than running 50 miles!  We also want you to change up your stroke style just like you did in the Breaststroke event at Harvard!  That was very entertaining!  Best of Luck!

Mile 10 Sponsor - Shirl Mitchell

Mile 10 Honoree - In loving memory of father Bernie Mitchell, uncle Major General Pat Mitchell and aunt Eileen Mitchell.

Mile 11 Sponsor - Lou & Elaine D'Alise

Mile 11 Honoree - Honoring family and friends throughout the years, especially Jessica, William and ME - our adorable grandchildren!

Mile 12 Sponsor - Greg Ralston

Mile 12 Honoree - McLain Ralston

Mile 13 Sponsor - Anthony & Rita Gizzarelli

Mile 13 Honoree - Loving wishes to grandchildren Donna & Rebecca and their families, including great-grandchildren Jessica, William and ME!

Mile 14 Sponsor - Theresa Knox

Mile 14 Honoree - Family & friends

Mile 15 Sponsor - Greg Ralston

Mile 15 Honoree - Grant Ralston

Mile 16 Sponsor - Lee & Jeane Warren

Mile 16 Honoree - There are so many friends, family in our lives that are either currently fighting the big fight or have in the past, that it would be impossible to single any one out specifically, so this mile is for all of them and YOU, because you are the key inspiration here - just amazing!

Mile 17 Sponsor - Trent Theroux

Mile 17 Honoree - The logo below is of the group I think about everyday!

Mile 18 Sponsor - Greg Ralston

Mile 18 Honoree - Katie Ralston

Mile 19 Sponsor - Mal & Kathy Martin

Mile 19 Honoree - Century Hosiery, family and friends

Mile 20 Sponsor - Doug Sayles

Mile 20 Honoree - Open water swimmers, family and friends

Mile 21 Sponsor - The Liner, Swanholms, and Brown families

Mile 21 Honoree - Family and friends - Go Ray!

Mile 22 Sponsor - The Guertin, Hollenbeck and Livsey families

Mile 22 Honoree - Family and friends - Go Ray!

Mile 23 Sponsor - Brian and Kristin Galovitch

Mile 23 Honoree - Family and friends

Mile 24 Sponsor - Anonymous

Mile 24 Honoree - IROC members

Mile 25 Sponsor - Mal & Kathy Martin

Mile 25 Honoree - Century Hosiery, family and friends

Mile 26 Sponsor - Wilson & White, P.C.

Mile 26 Honoree - In loving honor and memory of Terri Weed.

Mile 27 Sponsor - Anonymous

Mile 27 Honoree - IROC members

Mile 28 Sponsor - Anonymous

Mile 28 Honoree - IROC members

Mile 29 Sponsor - Elaine Kornbau Howley

Mile 29 Honoree - Rachel Kornbau - Mile 29 is a special mile dedicated to the lasting memory of a very special little "bossy lady", Rachel Karen Kornbau, born February 27, 1983.  Rachel sadly lost her brave battle with Leukemia on July 1, 1986 at three-and-a-half years of age.  Had she survived, she would have been 29 during this swim, and she likely would have been well involved with the doling out of sweets to the swimmer. 

Rachel was diagnosed with leukemia in September 1983 at just 7 months old.  she was a beautiful, vivacious baby who grew, despite her leukemia, into a funny, caring and wise-beyond-her-years toddler.  Her illness changed our family in many ways and while there were some terrifyingly awful aspects to it, we did grow tighter as a family.  We each had an important role to play in caring for her and together we enjoyed her short life as much as we could.  Rachel was a gift and we were lucky to have known and loved her.

I swim because she can't, but she helps guide me across dark, turbulent seas in all areas of my life.  As sisters, we shared a special bond that ran right down to our marrow.  Being the bone marrow donor in the transplant that signaled the last ditch effort to save her life was an honor for me and I wouldn't have changed that fact.  But her dying a year later was a very difficult pill to swallow.  The whole experience has shaped who I have become in profound ways I may never fully understand.  I miss her everyday, but I am comforted by the feeling that she's still watching over me and my family.  I am glad that I, Ray, and other swimmers like us can swim in memory of people like Rachel and support causes like IROC that help others avoid or reduce the suffering associated with chronic illnesses. 

Swim on, Ray, and yes, you may borrow Rachel's guiding light during the darkest parts of this swim.

Mile 30 Sponsor - Anonymous

Mile 30 Honoree - IROC members

Mile 31 Sponsor - Anonymous

Mile 31 Honoree - IROC members

Mile 32 Sponsor - Anonymous

Mile 32 Honoree - IROC members

Mile 33 Sponsor - Anonymous

Mile 33 Honoree - IROC members

Mile 34 Sponsor - Anonymous

Mile 34 Honoree - IROC members

Mile 35 Sponsor - Anonymous

Mile 35 Honoree - IROC members

Mile 36 Sponsor - Anonymous

Mile 36 Honoree - IROC members

Mile 37 Sponsor - Mal & Kathy Martin

Mile 37 Honoree - Century Hosiery, family and friends

Mile 38 Sponsor - Ralph & Penny Lawrence

Mile 38 Honoree -  In celebration and honor for wife Penny Lawrence (breast cancer survivor) & grand-daughter Autumn Lawrence (leukemia survivor and 2012 RI Girl of the Year).

Autumn

Autumn is 6 years old from Coventry, RI 

Diagnosed with ALL in November 2005

Autumn's battle with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) started very young at the age of 6 months old when her parents noticed bruising and swelling in her leg from her routine shots.

After spending eight hours in the emergency room, Autumn's family was told she had Leukemia. After 30 days of treatment, Autumn was put into remission and placed on a 2 year chemo treatment protocol.

In September of 2007, Autumn's Leukemia came back but this time she needed a bone marrow transplant. The silver lining in all of this: Autumn's brother Leif, was a perfect match!

Autumn is now in remission and enjoying life as a six year old. Autumn's favorite sport is soccer and she absolutely adores her cat Petals.

Mile 39 Sponsor - Ralph & Penny Lawrence

Mile 39 Honoree - In celebration and honor for wife Penny Lawrence (breast cancer survivor) & grand-daughter Autumn Lawrence (leukemia survivor and 2012 RI Girl of the Year).

Mile 40 Sponsor - Ralph & Penny Lawrence

Mile 40 Honoree -  In celebration and honor for wife Penny Lawrence (breast cancer survivor) & grand-daughter Autumn Lawrence (leukemia survivor and 2012 RI Girl of the Year).

Mile 41 Sponsor - Ralph & Penny Lawrence

Mile 41 Honoree -  In celebration and honor for wife Penny Lawrence (breast cancer survivor) & grand-daughter Autumn Lawrence (leukemia survivor and 2012 RI Girl of the Year).

Mile 42 Sponsor - Ralph & Penny Lawrence

Mile 42 Honoree -  In celebration and honor for wife Penny Lawrence (breast cancer survivor) & grand-daughter Autumn Lawrence (leukemia survivor and 2012 RI Girl of the Year).

Mile 43 Sponsor - Ralph & Penny Lawrence

Mile 43 Honoree -  In celebration and honor for wife Penny Lawrence (breast cancer survivor) & grand-daughter Autumn Lawrence (leukemia survivor and 2012 RI Girl of the Year).

Mile 44 Sponsor - Ralph & Penny Lawrence

Mile 44 Honoree -  In celebration and honor for wife Penny Lawrence (breast cancer survivor) & grand-daughter Autumn Lawrence (leukemia survivor and 2012 RI Girl of the Year).

Mile 45 Sponsor - Ralph & Penny Lawrence

Mile 45 Honoree -  In celebration and honor for wife Penny Lawrence (breast cancer survivor) & grand-daughter Autumn Lawrence (leukemia survivor and 2012 RI Girl of the Year).

Mile 46 Sponsor - Ralph & Penny Lawrence

Mile 46 Honoree -  In celebration and honor for wife Penny Lawrence (breast cancer survivor) & grand-daughter Autumn Lawrence (leukemia survivor and 2012 RI Girl of the Year).

Mile 47 Sponsor - Ralph & Penny Lawrence

Mile 47 Honoree -  In celebration and honor for wife Penny Lawrence (breast cancer survivor) & grand-daughter Autumn Lawrence (leukemia survivor and 2012 RI Girl of the Year).

Mile 48 Sponsor - Ralph & Penny Lawrence

Mile 48 Honoree -  In celebration and honor for wife Penny Lawrence (breast cancer survivor) & grand-daughter Autumn Lawrence (leukemia survivor and 2012 RI Girl of the Year).

Mile 49 Sponsor - Bill & Judy Miller

Mile 49 Honoree - Honoring family and friends throughout our lives.

Mile 50 Sponsor - NACASU

Mile 50 Honoree - John T. Griffin - a visionary pilot who developed the North Atlantic Air Routes to Europe and Africa in the 1930's that are still used today.  He succeeded in some of the most primitive aircraft imaginable.  World War II depended on his routes as do the commercial air traffic today.  Yes, Lindberg was first solo, however his routes were completely unsuitable for predictable flights in all seasons.  Griffin made it "safer" to get over the pond year round - even to Russia.  The group of us involved in NACASU felt the themes of water, exploration, long distances, and success of mission were appropriate to honor at the 50 mile point of your swim.

Mile 50+ Club - dedicated to the additional contributions past Mile 50 - If we make the turn after two laps - these minutes, miles and hours are in your honor!

THANK YOU ALL!