SWIM ACROSS AMERICA COMPLETES CATALINA CHANNEL DOUBLE CROSSING

Congrats to the 6 swimmers and support crew for the 9th double crossing since 1981 of the Catalina Channel. What an amazing feat! Here’s to the 2017 Swim Across America David Yudovin Memorial Relay in honor of cancer research. Thank you to all who encouraged and cheered along the way! Watch the video below and check out all the great pics!

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Swim Across America in Primetime

Members of the Swim Across America family have been hitting the local airwaves this summer to promote our mission of swimming to fight cancer. Check out the highlights from Atlanta, Kiawah and Long Island Sound!

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – ATLANTA

SAA-Atlanta Event Director Megan Melgaard and 1984 Olympian Steve Lundquist on CBS 46

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SAA-Atlanta Swimmer Grace Bunke on Fox 5

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SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – KIAWAH ISLAND

SAA Director of Marketing Ryan Baucom on NEWS 2

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SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – LONG ISLAND SOUND

SAA-LIS Event Director Tony Sibio and Jeremy and Josh Glantz on lohud

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Why I Swim & Team Stacey

20638755_10154668022746176_3369064698719311473_nOne of the special moments when you participate with Swim Across America is meeting and hearing the doctors, and signing their coats as part of our WHY I SWIM experience. Dr. Richard Gorlick of University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital–supported by TEAM STACEY proudly wears his coat in the hospital.

TEAM STACEY participated in the Sound to Cove swim for the ninth year in memory of Stacey Rose Leondis. This year saw TEAM STACEY reach new fundraising heights with over $175,000 raised to put them on the top of the national leaderboard. Congratulations for everything TEAM STACEY is accomplishing to help fight this dreaded disease.

 

TEAM STACEY 2017

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SAA EVENT DIRECTORS ARE AWE-INSPIRING

Each Swim Across America Event Director is inspiring in their own way. It’s incredible to see the hard work of a couple get widespread recognition this month. We can’t think of a better group to feature. Don’t forget to thank your local Event Director today and sign up to volunteer to help!

SUSAN HELMRICH – SAA – SAN FRANCISCO BAY

KITTY TETREAULT – SAA – BOSTON/SAA – RHODE ISLAND

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ARTICLE FROM MASSGENERAL HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN

SAA – Long Island Sound Pool Swims Celebrate 25 Years of Making Waves

SAA – Long Island Sound is excited to celebrate 25 years of making waves to fight cancer through pool swim and the annual open water swim. Check out all the great fundraising being done all summer!

NYAC Travers Island Pool Swim – July 7th

A great kickoff pool swim for the summer with 60 swimmers raising $60k to fight cancer. The night  began with a  swim clinic led by Kim Vandenberg (2008 Olympian) and Laura Sogar (World Champion medalist) with the kids! The night ended by honoring Kevin Carolan, NYAC pool director, coach and SAA-LIS and NYAC supporter with the Eugene P. Culligan award.

Westchester Country Club Pool Swim – July 15th

Orienta Beach Club Pool Swim – July 22nd

Chappaqua S&T Club Pool Swim – July 23rd

SAA Funding Contributes to FDA Approval of KEYTRUDA

For the first time, the FDA has approved a drug—KEYTRUDA—for cancer-based disease genetics rather than the site of a tumor. KEYTRUDA now can be used for colon, pancreatic, stomach, ovarian and other cancers if genetic testing reveals defects in so-called mismatch repair. The clinical trials for KEYTRUDA were conducted at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute. The testimonial letter from Johns Hopkins acknowledges that in 2009, Swim Across America was the first organization to believe in the KEYTRUDA research project and provide grant funding for KEYTRUDA clinical trials. In total, over $2.6 million in proceeds from SAA—Baltimore have funded clinical trials and lifesaving research at Johns Hopkins.
Merck issued a press release quoting Swim Across America for providing grant funding for KEYTRUDA clinical trials that helped lead to FDA approval:
“Swim Across America’s mission is to help advance cancer research,” said Rob Butcher, CEO of Swim Across America. “We are honored that our organization supported some of the initial research conducted by Dr. Diaz and team, which has now contributed to the approval of KEYTRUDA for this new indication.”
As a Swim Across America supporter, it’s important you know the impact of our cause. Testimonials from our beneficiaries are published and we encourage you share them with your supporters.
 
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Dr. Luis Diaz at SAA – Baltimore Open Water Swim

SAA On the Scene

As the 2017 Open Water season kicks into high gear, there have been some great kickoff events around the country. Scroll through to see members of the Swim Across America family having a great time and preparing to make waves in 2017.

SAA – Dallas (May 16th)

Team Pharma Phibians put on a fun happy hour fundraiser that raised $4,300!

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SAA – Greenwich-Stamford (May 22nd)

Top Greenwich-Stamford fundraisers and leaders spent a great afternoon at Yale University Cancer Center touring Dr. Samuel Katz’s lab and learning first-hand about his research into using RNA to treat blood cancers.

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SAA – Charlotte (June 1)

The inaugural event had a great night at Legion Brewing spreading the word about the SAA mission. A special thanks to Olympian Katie Meili, Madison Kennedy and Olympic Coach David Marsh & Team Elite for coming out to support us!

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