Everyone should swim.
Nancy Brown, born and raised on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland, has been swimming for more than five decades. In 1974, she founded Maryland Masters, a swim club for adults ages 18 to 100, promoting physical fitness, swimming skills, and a place to meet new friends. Today, thanks to Nancy and others who were involved early in the program, there are more than 900 Masters swimmers in the Maryland area. Nancy's husband Geoffrey Revett will be joining her on the cruise.
Nancy has been involved in all levels of swimming since 1952 when she was a student at the Baltimore Friends School. She has coached or taught swimming since she was 16, and has inspired hundreds to get in the pool and improve their physical fitness. Still a nationally ranked swimmer, she founded Maryland Masters in 1974, and has coached a satellite team at the Community Center in Severna Park since 1986.
In 2011, at 75 years of age, Nancy was diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer, and underwent 10 hours of surgery to remove tumors from her abdominal wall. "The doctors told me normally they wouldn't take a chance operating on someone at my age for this particular cancer," says Nancy. "It was my fitness level from years of swimming that saved me." Nancy was in such good shape, that she was up and walking laps around the hospital only three days after surgery, and was back at the pool coaching her team in less than a month.
When Nancy isn't coaching swimming for the Maryland Masters, YMCA, Red Cross, or local swim clubs, she is organizing charity swims to raise money for a number of causes. Her efforts have brought in thousands of dollars for national and local causes, including Johns Hopkins Bone Marrow Transplant Department, HIPEC treatment for cancer patients, and for the victims of September11th.
Nancy has raised four children and five step-children, has 16 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.