Record-breaking swimmer Diana Nyad is dedicating her time and energy to helping Hurricane Sandy victims.
In September, Nyad became the first woman to swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Key West Florida without a shark cage.
Early Tuesday morning, she will be plunging in to a specially designed two-lane, 40-meter pool, where she will swim 48 hours straight to raise money for people still hurting almost one year after the storm.
The charity Americares will distribute the funds.
"I think we're dealing with people who have been let down a little bit by federal aid and insurance companies, and they're out helping each other door to door and taking in relatives and what not," Nyad said. "I guess that's really the spirit I want to swim with, and all the people in the lane next to me."
Nyad will be joined by a long list of celebrities and Olympic swimmers, as well as firefighters, first responders and Hurricane Sandy victims.
She said she's raised $32,000 so far and will continue raising funds through the month of October.
To donate, go to nyadswimforrelief.com.
The swim starts at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday in Herald Square.