Swim Across America - Fundraising Swim Raises More than $400,000 for cancer research
-Congratulations to more than 600 swimmers who participated and over 5,000 donors who contributed
-Open Water and Pool Swims Raised $400,000 for The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
-Olympian Michael Phelps to be Official Starter for Open Water Swim; His Swim School to Offer Free 16-Week Training Program to Registrants of Swim
Recent News on the Event:
WHEN: Sunday, September 19 - 8 AM
--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.
--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 first swims in the Baltimore-area on Sunday, September 19 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 starter of the open water swim and his swim school has partnered with SAA to develop a free, 16-week training program for beginner-level swimmers interested in participating in the event. “The Michael Phelps Swim School and I are honored to be a part of the Swim Across America event here in Baltimore to help promote the sport of swimming and raise money for a great cause,” said Phelps. “The beginners program will be a great way to create opportunities for more people to get in the water and participate, regardless of their current ability and comfort level.”
The much anticipated fundraisers will include swimmers of all ages and skill levels, including former Olympians Janel Jorgensen, Wendy Weinberg Weil, Craig Beardsley and Kate Ziegler. 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 19 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.
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