Photograph by Kate Webber

​​My love for open water swimming is a means for me to combine swimming with other areas of my life that are really important to me. My goal is to continue to raise funds for Trust in Education which provides education and health services to women and children in Afghanistan.  I’ve tutored several Afghan refugee kids and know first hand of the hurdles they have overcome and continue to wrestle with.  My goal is to help kids still in Afghanistan and to foster peace through programs that provide education and health services for struggling Afghan families in villages devastated by 30 years of war.

In gratitude and peace
—Patti Bauernfeind