Saturday, August 29, 2009

My Escape from Alcatraz


My name is Shewli, I am 10 and a 5th grader from Colorado. This swim is dedicated to Breast Cancer survivors like my grandmother.

I would like to show my support for their courage and strength in overcoming this dreadful disease. As the race is on to find a cure, my aim is to spread the idea of education and prevention of Breast Cancer amongst family, friends, schools, and community groups.

Summary of my event

The South End Rowing Club's 14th Annual Alcatraz Invitational Swim on Saturday, September 12, 2009.

This is a mile-and-a-quarter journey that tests the heartiest athletes. I recently started competitive swimming and I am ready to swim the distance.

My interview with Breast Cancer survivors
I interviewed 2 breast cancer survivors who I know and their primary message is
“Early detection is the key to fight Breast Cancer, speak to your doctor about conducting regular preventative screening tests, and get a mammogram as per recommendations”.

Thank you for visiting my blog and helping me spread this important message.  Watch out for updates from me of pictures and my experiences of the swim.

Rock on and join me in going the distance.



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  2. This is great Shewli! Congratulations and good luck. We are all rooting for you.

    Great cause as well.


  3. Good luck for the swim, Shewli - can't wait to hear all about it. The blog looks perfect - see you soon! :)

  4. Go Shewli!!!That's fantastic! All the best...I am sure you will conquer the ocean!!!

    Tamara, Adi, Nandini & Sriram

  5. Wow Shewli, this is great!! Good Luck! We'll be cheering for you from Dallas!!!

    Diyaanka, Malaika, Minal & Devang

  6. Good luck Shewli! Great to see you doing this for such an important cause. Our wishes are with you.
    Tanish, Samik, JIva uncle and Purnima aunty

  7. way to go Shivli...all our blessings are with you and hope you succeed in thsi noble cause
    -Dubeys from Chicago

  8. Shewli,
    From your dad's college friend here in Oregon, hats off to you for taking on such a challenge and our best wishes to you on this adventure. We hope to see a followup video of the event.
    Nitin, Rashmi, Megha and Mihir Joshi.

  9. Shewli, Way to go dear. We are so proud of you.All the best for to you. We all love you

  10. Shewli, Goodluck and our best wishes to you. You are an amazing girl!!!
    Swagata and Sunil

  11. Hi Shewli this is AWESOME!!!!!

    I am so proud of you for doing this. At 10 years you have such noble intentions and so much guts to attempt this difficult swim, I am truly in awe. I've known your Aunt and Uncle (Manisha/Sudip) since 2001 and as athletes since 2005 and I can see where all this inspiration is coming from.

    I'll try and release myself from the Asha run on Sep 12th and be there to celebrate with you.

    Swim like a dolphin and enjoy every moment!

    Best of luck,


  12. Best of luck to you Ms. Shewli!!! We are so proud of you and are supporting you 100%!!!

  13. We are all so proud of you.It was brave of you to take this decision.Go girl go.You can do it.
    Best wishes from all of us.
    Arindam uncle, Saswati aunty and Adi

  14. Hi Shewli this sounds AWESOME..!!

    Its an excellent cause, and we are so happy to learn that you are actually doing it..!!

    We like your picture too -- you look all set to go and do it.

    We wish you the very best. Just remember to share your story after you complete your swim.

    Go Girl..!!

    -Telang Family
    (Denver, CO)


  15. You go girl!!

    This is really exciting.

    We'll put pom poms on Sanae and Kaira and they will be cheering for you.


  16. go or it shewli...we are with u all the way! god bless you and your endeavour. mighty proud of you and am sure you will scale heights that only some can dream of. best of luck, girl!

  17. Great feat! Atta girl.....keep it up!

  18. WOW! Aren't there Sharks in those waters?
    (just kidding). I am so proud of you and cannot wait to see the event pictures and hear about this awesome swim! Thanks for supporting this great cause. You are an all-star!
    Mr. Barstad

  19. best of luck shewli

  20. I'll be there cheering for you.
    Good Luck Shewli!
    God Bless!

  21. Shewli, I am so proud to be your grandmother,first the wonderful cause you have taken up. You are so young and yet so courageous,confident, and a strong belief in your own capability.My blessings are with you,wish you good luck and Godspeed.The event will be successful as is my confidence in your ability.Love you , grandmom.

  22. Hi, Shewli -

    I congratulate you for your involvement in this excellent cause. You will be a very special ambassador for Platte River Academy. Enjoy the swim!

    Dr. Stueven

  23. Hi Shewli!

    I work with your dad. I think it's wonderful that you're doing this and will definitely be thinking of you next week. What an amazing undertaking! I can't wait to hear all about it.

    Good Luck!

  24. Congrats! Awesome job...keep up the good work!

  25. It is incredible what you and your Dad did Shewli. I am very proud for you. I can't imagine how cold and tired you must have been. You rock too!

    Susan (at work)

  26. Awesome job!!!


  27. When I first told my older brother that you swam Alcatraz, he didn't believe him. So that's why I had to show him the interview and he was just silent and suprised when I proved it too him.

    Nice job, Shewli!

  28. Shewli,

    Enjoyed your book...was very insightfull and should be required reading for any Alcatraz swimmer apirants.

    Chris aka El Sharko