Even with a 2-handicap, Vic Postillion isn’t the best golfer in his family.
But he just might be the best swimmer.
Those skills will be tested when the patriarch of one of the area’s top golfing families participates Saturday in the 20th Annual Swim Across America at Ohio Street Beach in Chicago. The event raises funds for Rush University Cancer Center.
Postillion will swim in the open water of Lake Michigan for the first time to honor his son, Victor Postillion, a cancer survivor and former Hinsdale Central boys golfer.
At 19, Victor Postillion was diagnosed with osteosarcoma while in college and was treated for three years at Rush. Today, Victor Postillion is 25 years old, lives in Burr Ridge and works for a local construction company.
“He has been cancer-free for a little over two years,” Vic Postillion said. “We thank God every time he has (negative) tests.”
The experience changed Vic Postillion’s outlook on life and he decided to give giving back to the Rush community by participating in Swim Across America.
“Cancer is a rough disease. There are so many different types of treatment,” Vic Postillion said. “You don’t realize we saw so many kids pass away. It’s heart-breaking. It’s on our mind all the time.”
For Saturday’s swim, Vic Postillion has raised $3,345 as of Monday, according to the organization’s website. He ranks third among fundraisers; each swimmer’s goal is at least $500.
Vic Postillion will compete on a team captained by Patti Piasecki of Woodridge, an oncology nurse with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. In the open water swim, individuals choose their distance, from a half mile to three miles.
“The event is very important to me,” Piasecki said. “I care for kids and adults with cancer every day. It is especially great that the monies go to research at Rush, where I work. I know Vic, as his son is one of our oncology patients. They are a wonderful family.”
Vic Postillion, 54, was a competitive swimmer growing up, but the idea to enter Swim Across America came from his wife, Kerry Postillion, a three-time champion of the Illinois Women’s Open. One of the state’s best amateur women golfers, she gave up competitition after Victor Postillion was diagnosed with cancer.
Daughter Samantha Postillion is enjoying her own golf success.
Samantha Postillion will be a junior on the Illinois women’s golf team this fall. She’s planning to compete in the Illinois Women’s Open starting July 31 at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville.
Three of Vic and Kerry Postillion’s four children played golf at Hinsdale Central, including Vincent, 24. Their youngest, 13-year-old Drew, plays tennis near the family’s second home in Scottsdale, Ariz.
To make a donation, visit www.swimacrossamerica.org/chicago.