“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 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!
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.
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!
Swim Across America is excited to celebrate our 30th Anniversary with an Under Armour-branded 1/4 zip pullover for all WaveMakers that raise at least $1,000.
This is your chance to go the extra mile and join the exclusive WaveMaker club. You’ll get the chance to show your SAA pride year-round with this all-weather pullover. Register today and set your fundraising goal to WaveMaker!
Fundraisers that hit their WaveMaker goal will also receive a $30 Finis gift card in honor of our 30th Anniversary and a WaveMaker car window decal as well. This is the year to set your goals higher to WaveMaker status!
In Pool Swims Across America, we feature local pool swims that raise awareness for cancer research. If you’re interested in getting your local swim team or pool involved, learn more here.
CMS Swims Across America (April 2) — Claremont, CA
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s water polo team hosted a Swim Across America event on Sunday, April 2, raising over $2,500 to fund cancer research.
Ellen Perry Swim Across America Memorial Event (Penn State) (April 21) — State College, PA
The Nittany Lions participated in the event on behalf of former Penn State associate athletic director, senior woman administrator and Penn State’s inaugural women’s swimming and diving head coach Ellen Perry. Watch fun video from the Big Ten Network here!
Swim Fort Lauderdale Masters SWIM15 (April 22) — Fort Lauderdale, FL
Every 15 minutes, 50 Americans are diagnosed with cancer. Swim Fort Lauderdale Masters dedicated a practice to SAA by swimming a 15 themed practice and raising over $15,000 that will help fund cancer research.
The San Mateo SMAC Out Cancer pool swim hit new heights in 2017 with $85,000 and going raised to fund pediatric cancer research at UC San Francisco.
The event featured a swim with Olympians, a run with Olympians, a yoga class with Olympians and Dancing with Louis van Amstel of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Unsafe ocean conditions moved SAA – Tampa to the indoor pool. The event still made waves for Moffitt Cancer Center and raise over $200,000 to fight cancer and hit the $1 million cumulative fundraising mark.
Enjoy video from the event below and thanks to all participants, volunteers and donors for helping achieve such an impressive total! See everyone at Clearwater Beach in 2018!
Members of the Swim Across America family are active in their communities. SAA on the Scene shares stories from the “dry side” of our events where the SAA mission to make waves to fight cancer is honored and recognized. Feel free to send submissions for future posts here.
Swim Across America national board meeting – Johns Hopkins (Baltimore)
SAA-Baltimore and Johns Hopkins hosted the national board meeting in March. The board met William Nelson, M.D., Ph.D. and toured the Johns Hopkins Swim Across America lab. SAA team members also made a trip to Meadowbrook Aquatic Center.
YMCA Nationals (Greensboro)
1980 Olympian Craig Beardsley and SAA CEO Rob Butcher are YMCA National alums that were happy to share the Swim Across America mission in Greensboro.
Collegiate Club Nationals (Atlanta)
Craig Beardsley and Megan Melgaard cheered on the collegiate swimmers at Georgia Tech.