BY DEFINITION, charity is the more fortunate helping the less fortunate. Increasingly of late, though, charity has become a test of strength. Walk for the disabled. Run for the homeless. Swim for medical research. Triathlon for "Make a Wish."
The most strenuous of these has become the annual Chesapeake Bay swim, held this year June 28 to benefit the March of Dimes. For the second year in a row, the majority of well-intentioned swimmers failed to negotiate the 4.4 miles from Sandy Point to Kent Island. Strong currents and wind-blown waves pulled swimmers far off course. Rescuers had to pluck 283 of 331 swimmers from the water this year, 720 of 884 last year.