Dr. Larry Grogin had plans to raise funds for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. He wanted to organise a 48-hour continuous swim in an Endless Pool. Many considered his idea to be a remarkable feat if it can actually be pulled off. With the help of 90 fellow swimmers and his band of ‘Grogin’s Heroes’, he actually managed to accomplish it and raise over $8,000 for the camp, where they provide children suffering from serious illnesses a place ‘where a kid can simply be a kid.’
“It was an inspiring atmosphere “I had the Endless Pool here at home and I thought it would be a cool way to get people involved in fundraising,” stated Dr Larry, who swam between five and six of the 48 hours himself. He also mentioned that he was impressed the pool had the ability to keep pace for the entire two-day event. Dr Larry is a chiropractor and acupuncturist from North Jersey, who is a strong believer in both aquatic therapy and water exercise. “My patients swim, walk in the water and use it for different types of movement. I modify the use of the pool to meet their needs,” he explained.
In fact, the doctor himself trains in his Endless Pool for traditional triathlons. He has already made plans to use his pool in preparation for the Norseman, which is an “extreme triathlon” set to take place this year. Aside from using the pool to attain his personal goals, Dr Larry believes in giving back to society too. Along with his wife, who also volunteered at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, they came up with the idea of swimming against the Endless Pool swim current. This is a rather unique ‘stationary’ fundraiser as compared to the traditional running or biking events.
With a philanthropic mindset and a positive outlook, the doctor was able to convince others that an outside-the-box approach can be accomplished along with the involvement of the community. Although the Swim-A-Thon was a resounding success this year, he still has high hopes of making the event grow even further next year. This dedication of his to both swimming and water exercises has not just helped in changing the lives of many patients, but it has also made an impact in the lives of children too. For more details, you can check it out here.