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Your past can only define you if you let it. Check out this man’s story to alter his history.

Sometimes you get wind of a good thing by accident. This is one of those inspiring stories. Conrad Kubaney, Registered Nurse BSN, CPEN at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh was in a bit of a depressed state of mind after a series of things happened while he was working in Chicago last year. Life had thrown him a streak of curves and as he shared his thoughts while looking in the rear view mirror of the moving truck headed back toward Pennsylvania it was a pretty low moment.  A short time later after a rough day and a ‘sorry for myself’ moment Conrad  made a vow that would be the last time he felt sorry for himself. He set out on a mission to set big goals and inch by inch chip away and make progress towards them.  Check out Conrad’s blog entries here for more details about his big swim.

sunrise from Children's Hospital Pittsburgh

Sunrise from Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh

Fast forward to today, after much hard work and discipline Conrad is about to embark on the final leg of his first series of goals. The first was to study for his CPEN exam (accomplished 2 weeks later). Second, to begin prerequisites to pursue an MBA (first semester and a 4.0 in the books).  And third to train to swim Lake Erie. He’s been training since and weather permitting he will set out July 31 for the swim from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach in North East, PA. That’s one awesome way to reset!

Conrad is an experienced swimmer having swam in high school for Mercyhurst Prep and college for Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). But swimming in the open waters of a lake for 24.2+ miles is another thing. Not only physical endurance but also mental toughness is needed to swim like this. Swimming in a lake means braving fish that may nip at you, waves and currents. “Open water is difficult,” he says. “There’s the mental aspect of looking down and not seeing the bottom. It’s unsettling.”


Training for the Swimmy Swim

Conrad, 26, a native of Erie who lives in Bloomfield, PA is the son of Charles Kubaney and Karla Raznauskas. Bauer Specialty’s Dominic Pachell was speaking with high school friend Chuck at a graduation party and Conrad’s upcoming swim and the need for a boat to accompany the swimmer’s party came up. Dominic was able to help make a connection to friends Liam and Ann Kelly who are going to provide escort with their 42′ boat.

Following an Erie community tradition Conrad is raising funds for a cause of his choice. For him, it is the Foundation for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where he is a nurse in the ER. It is a goal of mine to give back to this hospital because I witness the

help kids be kidsimpact of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on the Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia communities. Many of these children and their families rely on the Foundation’s financial assistance to help with various medical expenses. In addition, the Foundation provides funding for the groundbreaking research undertaken here at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Conrad is footing the bill for all costs associated with his swim and is utilizing the Foundation’s site link for donations so that every dollar donated goes to the Foundation to make the biggest impact possible.

So as we share Conrad’s mission to raise awareness for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation as well as the inspiration for us all to not let a mile marker in our past be the future memory tied to that particular moment in time.  Instead let it be the beginning of a decision to create a new mark in time.   The Bauer family of companies will be making a donation to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.  Our goal is 500 likes and shares of this post so please help us out and click away!