At the moment I know my swim attempt seems almost trivial as we grapple with the thought that Jess is no longer here. Our hearts are breaking as we think about gaping hole in the lives of Brad, Ben and Amelia as well as her parents Sue and John and brother Will.
My journey across the English Channel has now become more of a tribute to Jess and her beautiful family who have been to hell and back over the past 15 months. I am now more determined than ever, to succeed.
Jess was very proactive in our fundraising ventures for Swimming 4 Jess as she so desperately wanted future sufferers to be able to spend more time with their loved ones. What a beautiful legacy you have left behind Jess. Ben and Amelia will forever be reminded of your beautiful, caring nature through this last gesture of helping others.
To date, Jess and I have raised over $32 000 for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and with some very sizeable donations on the way, I have absolute confidence we will hit out target of $100 000 over the next couple of months. Just amazing, high fives girlfriend!
There is a pebble collection tradition amongst channel swimmers to collect a pebble from the beach in England and again when they land on French soil. I will be collecting pebbles for Ben and Amelia and I know you will be with me every stoke as we swim across the English Channel together.
RIP Beautiful Jess