'That was hard work'

Matt DeYoung • Sep 5, 2018 at 6:50 PM

Nick Hobson jogged out of the water and breathed a great sigh of relief Tuesday afternoon. 

Hobson, who lives in Holland, had just completed a 20-mile Lake Michigan swim from Holland to Grand Haven State Park. 

“That was hard work,” he said. “I’m pretty tired. It was a long way, but it was a beautiful day for it. The water temperature was good. ... A little bit too many waves, but you can’t complain, really.”

Hobson said the 12-mile mark greatly challenged him. 

“For some reason, the first 10 miles we knocked it out real quick,” he said. “But when we came to the 12- to 13-mile mark, my arms and legs felt like concrete.”

Hobson undertook the challenge to raise money for The Pink Fund, a non-profit breast cancer organization that provides 90-day, non-medical cost-of-living expenses to patients in active treatment for breast cancer. This allows them to focus on healing, raising their families and returning to the workplace. Hobson said he has a particular interest in the disease as his mother battled breast cancer. 

Hobson was greeted at the Grand Haven beach by his wife, Sheree, and his 4-year-old daughter, Briar. The little girl splashed out into Lake Michigan to greet her dad as he finished his swim. 

“There was a point the last 2 miles where I didn’t think it was going to end,” Hobson said. “The support of my family means a lot.”

Hobson’s goal was to raise $5,000. He’s exceeded that, with pledges nearing $5,500 following the completion of his swim.

To donate, visit thepinkfund.kindful.com/the-pink-fund-2018/lake-michigan-swim-holland-to-grand-haven. 

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