Courtesy: Fred Lewis
In the Fall of 2016, Sawyer Hansen was watching a Michigan Football game when he saw a story on Jim Harbaugh and his team volunteering at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Sawyer asked his dad, “how do kids my age get cancer?” Dad explained and Sawyer continued to ask, “what can I do to help?”
In January 2017, part of a school “cares” project Sawyer was inspired and set out to make an impact on our world by raising money for cancer research.
At just five years old, the inaugural “Sawyer Swims for St. Jude” hour swim was completed. The swim continues annually, with the ongoing goal to surpass the previous year’s yardage and funds raised.
Sawyer has big dreams of making a difference in the lives of children fighting cancer and strives to raise $100,000 before he graduates high school. Sawyer is quick to point out, the success has been a “TEAM” approach, supported by many generous donors.
|2018||1st grade||3,000 yards||$4,300.00|
|2019||2nd grade||3,900 yards||$8,461.00|
|2020||3rd grade||4,300 yards||$12,253.00|
|2021||4th grade||4,675 yards||$11,200.00|
|2022||5th grade||5,030 yards||$11,050.00|
Fun Fact: To prepare for this swim, Sawyer swam a few practices with Olympic Champion Bobby Finke while he was home training with the club over the Holiday break. To be clear, Bobby went first in the lane and Sawyer went 5 seconds behind.