Nyad's Swim to Fund Therapy for Sandy Victims in Rockaways, Staten Island

Diana Nyad's 48-hour swim in midtown Manhattan on Oct. 8-10 raised more than $110,000

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013  |  Updated 4:59 PM EDT
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Spectators whooped and cheered as the 64-year-old woman who swam from Cuba to Florida finished her 48-hour swim in a pool installed in a Manhattan intersection to benefit victims of Sandy. Katherine Creag has the story.
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Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad's 48-hour swim earlier this month will fund art therapy and counseling programs in two New York City neighborhoods where residents are still recovering from Sandy.

Nyad's swim in midtown Manhattan on Oct. 8-10 raised more than $110,000. The funds are being distributed by the Stamford, Conn.-based relief organization Americares.

Americares says Thursday that some of the proceeds will pay for art therapy for children in an after-school program in the Rockaways. The children's parents will also be invited to participate in counseling sessions.

On Staten Island, proceeds from Nyad's swim will fund a health counselor who will screen storm survivors for medical and mental health needs.

Americares CEO Curt Welling says the programs "will help restore a sense of normalcy" one year after the storm.

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