LAS VEGAS—The fight to never give up continues for Diana Nyad, the famed distance swimmer and motivational speaker.
So it was fitting three years ago, the night before a 64-year-old Ms. Nyad swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida—the first confirmed person to do it without a shark tank—that she was in a CVS drugstore talking to a Cuban man who recognized her. The man emptied his wallet to show off the symbol of his fight—a $2 bill he’d carried since he was a little boy. His grandmother had given him the faded green slip so many years before as a totem to carry with him on their family’s treacherous sail from Havana to America.
And he gave his grandmother’s emblem to Ms. Nyad. For luck in her fight.