Marathon swim to raise research money

Post-Bulletin staff

A Mayo Clinic chaplain plans an all-day swim at the Rochester Area Family Y, 709 First Ave. S.W., to raise money for ovarian cancer research in Minnesota.

Mary E. Johnson, 55, plans to swim for 12 hours Saturday. She’ll swim 45 minutes every hour.

In a 2006 marathon, she raised $12,000 for the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, the organization says. The groups describes the chaplain as someone "who works with women with ovarian, primary peritoneal and fallopian tube, cancer."

Activities Saturday include:


• 7:45 a.m., opening ceremony.

• 8 a.m., swimmers enter water.

• 8 p.m., marathon ends.

Donations may be made in person or online at

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