Sarah Tinney

My WHY ♡

In 2007 my Mother, Esther Marie Bryja, lost her battle with Cancer. Since her diagnosis I pledged to her to help raise money to cure Cancer in her honour. I sat here thinking of what to write... but I think I will let my Mom do the speaking for me. I received this letter just weeks before my Mothers death in May 2007. I think this- is really- what it is all about, and I think she would be happy to share a part of this private email with all of you to really give the perspective of a person battling this terrible disease that steals Mothers from their children.
" Since my ordeal began last November, I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of good people that are fighting and struggling like I am. They're not famous, except to their own families, but they sure deserve to spend time doing something that is more fun than this is. There was a woman who was a jewelry maker, an old vet who made it through WWII, but isn't sure he'll make it through this. And the kids, the babies being held by their mothers while needles are being poked into them. Feeling pain and not knowing why. The 2, 4, 6, and 8 year olds, being pushed in wheel chairs, because they are too weak to walk, with bald heads and the biggest smiles you'll ever see. You want to know what attitude is - these kids have the best attitude in the world. And they are always ready with a wisecrack or a joke if an adult can keep the tears in long enough to talk to them. What you and your friends are doing is so important to so many people - not just Aussies, Americans, what have you, but to human beings that just want to live their lives, as boring as that may be. I am so proud you are a part of this in your new country, Sarah."

Today, you can help people affected by Cancer, as well as prevent and beat this horrible disease by supporting me in the Marilyn Jetty Swim.
*All donations over $2 are tax deductible 

Thank you

Thank you to my Sponsors


Louise Lawson

My dad (prostate), my best friend (brain), a school mum (breast) - all gone too soon to cancer. The school mum was so kind when Jack started in 2014 now that Ellie is back in 2024 I keep looking for her and she’s not there. Keep swimming, keep advocating Marilyn’s. One day there will be a treatment that allows cancer patients to be here as long as THEY want to be. 🥰


Mel Watt

Bravo Sarah and Grant. Amazing what you can do and keep doing. Love Mel &Tom


Sarah Tinney


Andrea & Mark Koennecke

Such a great cause, one that is also very close to us. Keep up the great work Sarah, you are amazing! 👏 ❤️


Margie And Alan Atkinson

Well done have fun


Craig Dewar


Anne Fraser

Well done Sarah and all the teams


Kassie Griffith



Sherry Jeffries


Micki Cardwell

Good Luck and HAVE A GREAT TIME!!


Sara Sitler-vermilya

Love to watch the success of your campaign and all the Marilyns. Such a beautiful tribute to your mother.


David Ryan


Sally Vermilya

All the best to you and the Marilyns for another fabulous year of fundraising! ❤️


Kat And Pj

What an amazing thing you are doing! Have a fantastic swim x


Jennifer Panno



Go you Mighty Marilyn 💋


Marilyn Chandler

Your energy amazes me Sarah. Wish I could donate more x


Bec Pawson

Keep up the amazing work x


Shelley Woodward

Go for it Sarah - amazing work - well done and have fun! X