A Wisconsin woman is swimming across lakes to raise money and awareness for those who have metastatic breast cancer.
Mary Gooze is swimming for her One Woman, Many Lakes project to make people more aware of breast cancer that has spread, raise money and support those fighting the same disease she has, according to a news release. So far, she has swum in 29 bodies of water for 42.65 miles.
When breast cancer has gone to other areas of the body, doctors can only control symptoms of the disease and give treatment that slow the cancer's growth. According to the University of Wisconsin Health, metastatic breast cancer, also know as stage-four breast cancer, takes 113 lives each day.
Gooze's mission started in Lake Patagonia in Arizona, the release said. She put out a sign telling people that she was raising money to fight stage-four breast cancer and swam two miles, and then she received a check from a man who asked her about the mission after she returned from her time in the water.
Gooze and her husband, Rob, are also working to get more research done and policies put in place to help those with stage four-breast cancer and other cancers that have spread.