Robert Palmese
Marathon Swimmer

What is Cystic Fribrosis and how does SwimForEm help?

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.
Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure. Thanks to the dedication and financial backing of our supporters — patients, families and friends, clinicians, researchers, volunteers, individual donors, corporations and staff, we are making a difference.  To learn more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation visit
By participating in passion (SwimForEm) fundraising, you are taking a proactive and innovative approach to raise important funds to help find a cure for all people living with cystic fibrosis. 

About Em!

"  How can I write a short bio for Emily Nichols that would even skim the surface of who she really was? This seems like the impossible task. I can tell you for sure that the room took on a different light when Em was present. She lived the entirety of her 21 years in a fierce battle with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), yet her face rarely showed the strain. Her smile had magical powers. I’m sure of it! She was beautiful; stunning really. But her beauty was not the brand of beauty that incited envy, rather one that invited others in for a closer look. There was a quality about her life that inspired hope and courage in everyone from medical staff, to celebrities to corner store clerks.
Em was born on June 7, 1993 in College Station, TX. Her older brother Chase had already been diagnosed with CF, so at just a few weeks of age she tested positive. Her life consisted of 20-30 weeks out of the year in the hospital and literally not one day went by that she didn’t have some sort of treatment and/or medication.
She left us in January of 2015 but in no way did that mean she lost the battle. In fact I believe she is just getting started. Em was aware of the brevity she faced, living with Cystic Fibrosis, but she never saw that as an obstacle. She knew that if she made the most of the time she had, that her life would continue to inspire. What she wanted most of all was to raise awareness and support for those involved in CF research. She dreamed of the day when Cystic Fibrosis would come to an end. In typical Emily fashion, she wanted a cure as much for Chase and the others suffering as she did for herself. Swim for Em is just one way to continue the fight she began and help create more tomorrows for Chase, as well as the millions living with this awful disease. Please consider helping…  "

- Emily's Father, Chad

SwimForEm GoFundMe

Em has had an everlasting affect on my life, and I have decided to help continue her fight in my own effort.  I am working with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis in my campaign, "Swim for Em".  

My name is Robby Palmese. Ive been a close friend of Em's for about 5 years. I was a swimmer my whole life and known by Em to always go above and beyond in everything. I have always enjoyed endurance sports, from triathlons, to ultra running to marathon swimming. It seems only fitting that I push myself to do something extrodinary to respresent Em and all those fighting cycstic fibrosis. I will be swimming the Catalina Channel in Southern California. At 21 miles long, the swim will respresent the 21 years Em fought Cystic Fibrosis. This, without a doubt, will be the hardest thing I have ever done. I will encounter several challenges throughout the swim, from hypothermia to night swmming, and currents to emotions. The swim requires a few things, a guide pilot boat and a fee for an official recording by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation. The funds raised on this page will be a huge help for me to afford these expenses and continue Em's fight.  Any and all support is much appreciated and I know Em would be amped to see this happen!
Lastly, please share with friends and family, and spread the word to help me reach my goal!

Thank you so much for anything you can give. All donations of any amount are welcome! I know Em will love seeing any suport I can get and I will be grateful!
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