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Promise and Progress - Swim Across America

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Swim Across America

Date: January 15, 2015

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ABC News Wyatt Everhart

The fifth annual Swim Across America (SAA) Baltimore event raised $480,000 for the Kimmel Cancer Center's Swim Across America Laboratory. On Sept. 20 and 21, 2014, more than 600 swimmers participated in a pool swim at Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center and an open-water swim at High Tide Farm on the Magothy River.

Festivities also included appearances by several Olympic swimmers, including Patrick Kennedy (’84), Theresa Andrews (’84), Brenda Borgh Bartlett (’76), Tara Kirk Sell (’04), and Swim Across America’s president and CEO, Janel Jorgensen McArdle (’88), who visited pediatric cancer patients. SAA-funded investigator Dung Le, M.D., reported on advances being made through clinical trials supported by the Swim Across America Laboratory.

In total, SAA swimmers have raised over $2 million for cancer research. Funding supports basic research that can be translated for the development of new diagnostic and treatment approaches for patients with cancers.

The Swim Across America Laboratory is directed by cancer genetics expert Luis Diaz, M.D.  Among his research advances are the PapGene test study, which holds promise in facilitating the early detection of ovarian and endometrial cancers, and personalized biomarkers that use cancer DNA to better screen for and monitor cancers.

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