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Open-water Swimming Adventures since 2013

2017 swims to be announced soon!

July 16th 2016 – New York, NY
Lady Liberty swim: 1.6 mile swim from the Statue of Liberty to New Jersey: Gavin, Riley Maitland (15). Swim highlights: stunning views of Manhattan, swimming with Riley.

Aug 8th 2015 – San Francisco, CA
Six mile “Bridge-to-bridge” swim from Golden Gate Bridge to Oakland Bay Bridge in San Francisco bay: Gavin, Zander (16), Riley Maitland (14). Swim highlights: swimming in the dark, cold water, a real-life adventure with Zander & Riley.

Sept 20th 2014 – Boston, MA
One-mile swim across the Boston harbor: Gavin, Riley Maitland (13). Swim highlights: beautiful view of Boston, swimming with Riley.

May 13th 2013 – Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA
Celebrating my 5th lung-transplant anniversary by open-water swimming from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco: Gavin, Zander (13) and Riley (11) Maitland. Swim highlights: cold & choppy water, seals, wonderful views, first big swim with Zander & Riley.

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My name is Gavin Maitland. I'm originally from Fraserburgh, Scotland, and now live in Boulder, Colorado. In 2008, I was dying from an incurable lung disease and gasping for every breath. I survived thanks to a life-saving double-lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center.

In the nine years since my gift of life, I have received care from Scott Palmer, MD, and his colleagues at Duke. As a result, I have been able to resume a wonderfully active (dare I say it, “normal?) life.

Scott Palmer, MD conducts life-saving, ground-breaking research into post-lung transplant, including identifying lung-transplant patients at increased risk of rejection to allow effective treatment before complications occur. But be in no doubt: post-lung transplant research is massively underfunded.

Scott Palmer, MD

Bad News/Good News
The bad news is that lung transplant has the worst outcomes of all solid organ transplants. The good news is that Dr Palmer and his colleagues in the Duke Post-lung Transplant Program are working to change that.

If you support what I am doing, please consider making a donation.

Your tax-deductible donation (US only) will positively impact families impacted by lung-transplant. Any contribution through thsi website goes directly to Dr. Palmer, and his colleagues, and will make a real difference to this cutting-edge research.

Thanks to many, many generous supporters, we raised over $16,000 for Duke Post-lung Transplant Research (all funds raised went directly to Duke – no middle man, no admin fees, no nonsense). Our goal is to raise $15,000 in 2016-17.

The button below takes you to the Duke website where you can make your tax-deductible donation. Be sure to select: Duke Lung Transplant Program Fund

P.S. Feel free to email me with any questions, and/or to be put on my swimming & fund-raising email list - thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you!
Gavin Maitland

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