The response for 13 year-old swimmer Chase Smith has been overwhelming. Thousands have shown their support for Chase and the Smith family as they fight through a form of bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. Chase swims for Indian Creek Aquatics in Indiana and is the son of the team’s head coach, Brad Smith. Cancer is something that no child should ever have to go through.
For those that would like to further support the Smith family, a GoFundMe page has been created to help pay for the families medical expenses. They have a goal of $100,000 dollars. More information about Chase and his family can be found on the GoFundMe page. Click the link above to learn more.
Swimmers from all over the country, from Olympians to summer leaguers, have sent pictures to show their support, using the social media hashtag #ChaseStrong. On Facebook, several Olympic and collegiate swimmers have left videos for Chase as he fight’s through cancer. Cullen Jones, all of SwimMAC, Jason Lezak, Dan Wallace, Elizabeth Beisel, Jessica Hardy, and Kaitlin Sandeno are just a few of the names to mention.
Another simple yet inspiring tweet came from Olympian and American Record holder, Eric Shanteau. Shanteau learned, just a week before qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Team, that he had testicular cancer, and chose to put off his treatments until after the Olympic Games. After fighting off the cancer, he managed to qualify for his second Olympic Team in 2012.
The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …