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Swim to Live

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein

Adopting this quote as a standard to live by saved Dean’s life. In August of 2013, emaciated from the ravages of leukemia and lymphoma and drowning in grief from losing his wife in 2010 to an inoperable brain tumor, Dean was ready to give up.

As Dean learned to “swim [in miracles] to live,” his hope was restored, his health returned, and his purpose became clear: he must do something seemingly impossible, in spite of his cancer, to prove we are all “swimming in miracles” everyday. He decided to become the first person to swim the entire 184 miles of the Willamette River to inspire cancer patients around the world.

Live to Swim

“The extraordinary becomes possible when you make it impossible to remain ordinary.” Dean Hall

Dean has proven to the world if we adopt a philosophy of “swim to live” the impossible becomes possible. Less than two weeks after he completed his Willamette River swim, his first blood test stunned the doctors. The test results showed his leukemia had vanished. Now that Dean has experienced the miracle of being cancer free, he “lives to swim.” This means not only living to challenge himself to accomplish these record-setting “miracle swims.” It means to inspire and teach others how to live to “swim in miracles” as well.

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