Swim Across America

Swim Across America

Swim Across America, Inc., an organization of volunteer swimmers and friends and family members of cancer patients that raises money for cancer research through swim events, has funded a laboratory at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center headed by Cancer Center Director, Dr. Bill Nelson.

In its first year, Swim Across America, Baltimore set the record for the largest inaugural event in Swim Across America history. The open water and pool swims have grown and have raised over $3,000,000 in 8 years for the Swim Across America Lab at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.

2019: Swim Across America Celebrates 10 Years in the Baltimore Area

Supporting Cutting-Edge Cancer Research

As Director of the Swim Across America Lab at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., convened a committee of senior cancer investigators to solicit, review and select promising cancer research projects at the Kimmel Cancer Center through a rigorously competitive peer-reviewed grant process.

Dr. William Nelson

Central to the selection of the projects through this process has been our focus on funding high impact science and novel research across all cancer types that, through proof of principle, can lead to clinical trials and innovative therapies for cancer patients. This is true, “bench to bedside medicine” or translational research for which the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has traditionally excelled at conducting.

Timeline of Achievements

View slideshow from the 2019 pool swim at Meadowbrook Aquatic Center in Baltimore and the open water event at the beautiful Hide Tide Farm in Pasadena, Maryland.

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Why We Swim

Making Waves to Fight Cancer - Swim Across America Baltimore

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Swim Across America Celebrates 25 Years

The organization held its first swim event in the Baltimore area on Sept. 19, attracting 600 participants, including many Johns Hopkins employees, students and staff.