She’s hardly had enough time to dry off from her successful swim across the channel between Cuba and the U.S., and she’s already scheduled to be in Dallas. The “she” is none other than 64-year-old swimmer Diana Nyad. After four failed attempts to swim the 110 miles of jellyfish-filled waters, the journalist/motivational speaker/author accomplished her dream in 53 hours this past September.
What you may not know about her is that Diana was a victim of sexual abuse as a child. The predator was none other than her high school swimming coach. According to reports, Diana turned her anger about being victimized into accomplishing her goals. Time and time again she set world records in swimming and became a vocal advocate in the battle against child abuse.
The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s 7th Annual Appetite for Advocacy’s Co-Chairs Lindsay Jacaman and Holly Krug have signed Diana up for the Thursday, April 17 luncheon at the Sheraton Dallas. This talk should be very interesting because Diana is known for being to-the-point and honest about abuse of children.
* Photo and graphic provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center