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Baltimore Open Water Swim Has Been Relocated

Join us at the Meadowbrook Aquatic & Fitness Club this Sunday

Dear Baltimore Open Water Swimmers,

After all of your hard work training and fundraising, Mother Nature has not been cooperating these past few weeks. As you all know, hurricanes & tropical storms have taken their toll on the eastern US and have caused considerable damage. Among the victims of this inclement weather, the Swim Across America, Baltimore Open Water Swim!

Due to runoff caused by an incredible amount of rain (3rd largest dump of flood waters in the history of the Bay), the Baltimore Open Water Swim will be relocated from the Waltjen-Shedlick Farm to the Meadowbrook Aquatic & Fitness Club.

Please let us know if you will attend the pool swim

RSVP here

The Swim

The SAA Baltimore Open Water Relocated Swim will begin 10am on event day at Meadowbrook. Open Water registrants will be assigned a start time beginning at 10am for a 1 mile swim only due to space and time constraints. Pool swim registrants will swim during the originally scheduled 8-10am time slot. Though the swim site will be smaller (and chlorinated), you will still see the same smiling faces, the same giant check presentation, and experience the same pride in your great achievements. Enjoy breakfast, some inspiring stories, meeting the Olympians and the satisfaction of knowing that, as of now, you have raised almost $400,000!

Water is water. What is most important is that we continue to SWIM to make waves to fight cancer, no matter where that takes place.

There is no need to “re-register” for the relocated swim if you are already registered for the Open Water Swim. Just RSVP below and we will reach out to you shortly with more event details as well as post them on the site.

Please RSVP!

In order to help us best manage this relocation, it is absolutely critical that we have an accurate head count.Please let us know if you wil attend.

We are grateful for all of your efforts this year and we hope to see you this Sunday AND in September 2012 for next year’s open water swim.

Thank you for helping us "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."

Swim Across America, Baltimore


Last year's inaugural open water and pool swims raised $450,000 for The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.  More than 600 swimmers participated and over 5,000 donors contributed.

Swim Across America Baltimore

This much anticipated fundraising swim event will include swimmers of all ages and skill levels and will benefit cancer research, prevention and treatment. Join us in the open-water in the Chesapeake, or do our pool swim option. Hundreds of swimmers (including Olympians Tara Kirk, Wendy Weil Weinberg, Brenda Borgh Bartlett, Craig Beardsley, Janel Jorgensen, Theresa Andrews), a world-class beneficiary, a gorgeous venue, fun and friends will make this a swim to remember.

The Swim:

The Swim will include a 1 mile and a 3 mile option. Make new friends in the water and invite loved ones to the finish and awards ceremony.

WHEN:   Sunday, September 18, 2011

More information, register, donate or volunteer

The Problem:

--Cancer is the number one killer of people worldwide, including Americans.
--Standard screening is costly and can miss many cancers, even curable ones.
--Standard treatments are complicated, toxic and debilitating.

The Solution:

--Support Swim Across America to raise money for cancer research at Johns Hopkins.
--Build on recent laboratory discoveries to detect cancer with a simple blood test.
--Develop new treatments for lung, pancreatic and colon cancers that are less toxic and more effective.

Swim Across America (SAA), the national non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events around the country, will hold its second annual swims in the Baltimore-area on Sunday, September 18 at 8 AM with an open water swim starting from the Waltjen Shedlick Farm in Gibson Island Harbor and a pool swim at the Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center in Mount Washington.

Olympian Michael Phelps will serve as the official honorary chair.

Swim Across America


The much anticipated fundraisers will include swimmers of all ages and skill levels, including former Olympians.  Pledges collected by swimmers, corporate sponsors and online donations will benefit the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, specifically the cancer research laboratory of  Luis Diaz, M.D.

The open water and pool swims will take place simultaneously on Sunday, September 18 starting at 8 AM.   Participants can swim alone or in teams of five or more, in honor or memory of loved ones who have battled cancer.  Swimmers participating in the open water event will start from the Waltjen Shedlick Farm in Gibson Island Harbor and pledge to raise a minimum of $500 in donations, $3,000 for teams.   Swimmers will be able to take part in either the one or three mile course.

The pool swim will take place at the Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center in Mount Washington.  Participants of all ages will be able partake in the one mile event with swimmers 18 and under committing to raise $125 each, adults $250.

Immediately following both swims, there will be a celebration for participants’ families and friends and an awards ceremony recognizing individuals and teams that have raised the most money for the SKCCC.  Doctors from the Center will be on hand to discuss how the money raised will be used in the fight against cancer.

"We are extremely grateful that Swim Across America/Baltimore has chosen to support the Kimmel Cancer Center,” said William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D. and director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.  “Each individual swimmer and each donation will allow us to expand our work and discover new ways to treat and fight cancer."

Swim Across America, Inc., is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events. With the help of thousands of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, SAA is helping to find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service.   Since its inception in 1987, SAA has gone from a single swim in Nantucket, MA to hosting swims in over 25 states annually.  In its 24 years, the organization has raised over $30 million.

Make a donation and/or register to swim or volunteer for Swim Across America/Baltimore.

View Last Year's Event Program

Swim Across America Laboratory

Construction of the Swim Across America laboratory at Johns Hopkins has been completed and our research team is busy at work.  Our lab team has been part of two major publications in Science and Clinical Cancer Research.  These include the discovery of key mutations in a rare pancreatic tumor and investigations studying the tumor margins of colorectal cancer metastases.  More research is in progress including a major study of circulating tumor DNA that should affect how we monitor and detect more than a dozen tumor types.  In addition, this will have implications for using circulating tumor DNA as a personalized biomarker for early detection and determining if a patient is cured after surgery.  Finally,  a clinical trial, using TNF and nanoparticles, is being developed.

Thank you to all participants in Swim Across America. Your continued support allows us to be on the forefront of applying innovative personalized cancer medicine to benefit patients and their families.

Read more about the laboratory



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