Best of 2017 Beneficiary Check Presentations

Swim Across America celebrated the end of the year across the country by presenting checks to our esteemed beneficiaries. Here is a collection of smiling faces as the hard fundraising work is now seeing its impact multiplied in the fight against cancer.

SAA – Tampa at Moffitt Cancer Center

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SAA – Chicago at Rush University Medical Center

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SAA – Long Island Sound at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian

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SAA – Nantucket at Nantucket Cottage Hospital

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SAA – Charlotte at Levine Cancer Institute

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SAA – Baltimore at Johns Hopkins Medicine

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SAA – Atlanta at Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 

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SAA – San Francisco at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute

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Make a Donation with Stock

Stock to Charity ImageSwim Across America accepts stock, mutual and index fund donations. You can donate stock, mutual and index funds to SAA and we will send you a donation tax receipt for the value of the stock at the time we receive it. SAA sells the stock, mutual or index funds once we receive it and the proceeds are applied to your donation wishes.

As long as you’ve held a stock, mutual or index fund for 12-months, you aren’t subject to gains on the appreciation from when you purchased. Your tax advisor can help you with the valuation and deductibility of your gift.

For more information on donating stock, mutual and index funds contact SAA CEO Rob Butcher or phone 980-237-9127.

Swim Across America Posts 2018 Schedule

Swim Across America is excited to announce  its 2018 open water schedule. After a record-setting 2017 that saw $4.8 million granted to cancer research, SAA will be expanding to 18 full-scale open water charity swims. Denver and Richmond join the fold as new swims and Charleston-Kiawah will expand from its original clinic/short-distance concept. Check out the schedule below, register and help SAA #makewaves to fight cancer in 2018! Direct link is here.

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SAA CELEBRATES RECORD-BREAKING YEAR IN ORLANDO

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Members of the Swim Across America family came together in Orlando at Rosen Plaza for the Champions Against Cancer Summit this October 11-13.

Board Members, Event Directors, Olympians and Oncologists joined the national SAA staff to celebrate a record-breaking 2017 and the $3 million charitable contribution to SAA from Merck.

CHAMPIONS AGAINST CANCER WELCOME RECEPTION

See how many faces you recognize in this fun collection from the reception.

CHAMPIONS AGAINST CANCER SUMMIT

We were honored to have some of the country’s leading oncologists speak as well as plenty of SAA leaders. You can see some of the excitement from the Merck announcement in this album.

Thursday morning presenters included Dr. Taha Mexghoub (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Dr. Paul DiSilvestro (Women & Infants Hospital), Dr. Jeff Borgia (Rush University Medical Center), Dr. Lynda Vrooman (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)

The surprise Merck charitable contribution was celebrated by special Olympian guests Rowdy Gaines, Steve Lundquist, Janel Jorgensen McArdle, Heather Petri, Ryan Berube, Eric Wunderlich, George DiCarlo and Craig Beardsley

The afternoon session featured Dr. Carlos Becerra (Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas), Polona Safaric (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), Dr. Julie Saba, (UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco), Dr. Marc Symons (Feinstein Institute of North Shore) and Dr. Jonathan Gerber (Levine Cancer Institute of Carolinas Healthcare System).

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Friday presenters included Dr. Jim Garvin (New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center), Dr. Douglas K. Graham (Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Children and Emory University), Dr. Shari Pilon-Thomas (Moffitt Cancer Center), Dr. Damon Reed (Moffitt Cancer Center) and Dr. Richard Garlic (University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital).

SAA RECEIVES A $3 MILLION CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION

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(L-R): Olympian Rowdy Gaines, Olympian Craig Beardsley, SAA CEO Rob Butcher, Olympian Heather Petri, Olympian Steve Lundquist, Olympian Janel Jorgensen McArdle, SAA Board Chair Hugh Curran, Olympian Ryan Berube, Merck Global PR Director Claire Mulhearn, Olympian Eric Wunderlich, Merck Oncology Marketing Director Jennifer Faikish, and Olympian George DiCarlo.
Merck announced at Swim Across America’s Champions Against Cancer that the company is making a $3 million charitable contribution to Swim Across America. Established 30 years ago, Swim Across America, a national nonprofit organization, was founded with the purpose of granting the proceeds from its benefit swims to fund cancer research and clinical trials.
“Every 15 minutes, 50 Americans are diagnosed with cancer,” commented Rob Butcher, CEO of Swim Across America. “The good news is that more Americans are becoming survivors than ever before, and Swim Across America’s commitment to finding new cures and treatments has been an important catalyst for that progress. We are going to apply Merck’s contribution to better support our existing benefit swims and add new ones with a goal of funding $100 million into cancer research and clinical trials in the next decade.”
“Merck is committed to advancing research and to giving more families hope in the fight against cancer, and we know that that progress can only come from many people and organizations doing their part,” said Jill DeSimone, Senior Vice President, U.S. Oncology at Merck. “Swim Across America has created a program that has inspired thousands of Americans, including many Merck employees, to participate in their benefit swims with the proceeds funding cancer research and clinical trials. We know this contribution will help them do even more to fight cancer.”
“I was at our first swim when we raised $5,000,” commented Craig Beardsley, a 1980 Olympian and Swim Across America supporter of 30 years. “The Swim Across America mission is a testimony to the human spirit of coming together to try to solve a problem that has affected nearly everyone. Merck’s contribution is going to allow us to speed up our ability to add more swims so we can fund even more research projects.”
Since its inception, Swim Across America has granted $70 million toward cancer research and its grant funding has played a major role in the development of four FDA-approved cancer treatments. More than 100 Olympians have donated their time attending Swim Across America benefit swims and hospital visits.
Swim Across America hosts benefit swims in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Greenwich, Kiawah, Long Island, Nantucket, Rhode Island, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis and Tampa.
Tax-deductible donations to Swim Across America may be made online. Please phone 980-237-9127 or email Rob Butcher to discuss a bequest or naming Swim Across America in your estate planning.
Photo (L-R): Olympian Rowdy Gaines, Olympian Craig Beardsley, SAA CEO Rob Butcher, Olympian Heather Petri, Olympian Steve Lundquist, Olympian Janel McArdle, SAA Board Chair Hugh Curran, Olympian Ryan Berube, Merck Global PR Director Claire Mulhearn, Olympian Eric Wunderlich, Merck Oncology Marketing Director Jennifer Faikish, Olympian George DiCarlo.

The Best of Swim Across America Olympians (2017)

We appreciate the support of Olympians who have donated their time to support the SAA cause in 2017. These Olympians have attended our swims and special events generating awareness and raising donations for our beneficiaries. Thanks for all you do for SAA!

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – SMAC OUT CANCER POOL SWIM

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Olympian attendees included Mike Bruner, Susan Heon-Preston, Mark Preston, Ellen Estes, Emily Silver, Dana Kirk, Craig Beardsley

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – BOSTON

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Janel Jorgensen McArdle, Heather Petri and Kristy Kowal participate in beneficiary visit

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – MUDPUPPIES MEMORIAL POOL SWIM

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Ryan Held joined the popular pool swim at Triangle Aquatic Center

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – KIAWAH ISLAND

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Carlton Bruner, Ashley Whitney & Steve Lundquist pose with a youth swimmer

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – CHICAGO

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Kendra Berner Yoch, Katherine Starr, Jilen Siroky Bouwer and Tom Beeri

SAA – LONG ISLAND SOUND (NYAC TRAVERS ISLAND POOL SWIM)

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Kim Vandenberg gives a swim clinic

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – NANTUCKET

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Samantha Arsenault Livingstone with junior WaveMakers

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – ST. LOUIS

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Kara Lynn Joyce with a fan

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – RHODE ISLAND

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Craig Beardsley, Rhode Islander Elizabeth Beisel, Alex Meyer, and Clara Walker

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – SEATTLE

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Nathan Adrian on #WhyISwim for Team Benoit

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Mary Wayte with the Kids Splash participants

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – BALTIMORE

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SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – SAN FRANCISCO

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SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – CHARLOTTE

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Ricky Berens and family all participated in the inaugural event

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – ATLANTA

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Craig Beardsley, Carlton Bruner, Nei-Kuan Chia, Missy Franklin, Geoff Gaberino, Doug Gjertsen, Joe Hudepohl, Kristy Kowal, Steve Lundquist, Megan Neyer, Heather Petri, Daniel Watters, Amanda Weir, Eric Wunderlich and Ashley Whitney all joined the SAA – Atlanta fun in 2017

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – DALLAS

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Ryan Berube and our SAA – Dallas mascot sporting gold

SAA FAMILY TREE (2017 RECAP)

SAA Family Tree is a monthly focus on stories that display the impact all the members of the Swim Across America family have both locally and nationally. If you have a story or link you’d like to share, please send here.

SAA – Atlanta

SAA – Charlotte

  • Spectrum News had all the video highlights of the inaugural SAA-Charlotte featuring Levine Cancer Institute’s Dr. Jonathan Gerber and Queens University swimmer and cancer survivor Alex Marshall.
  • Patty Waldron and her team of Masters Swimmers go ‘out of the box’ to raise money for Levine Cancer Center.

SAA – San Francisco Bay Area

  • 3-year old Seth Lurie is battling rhabdomyosarcoma. Seth and his dad came to SAA – San Francisco and this is what he thinks of cancer.

SAA – Baltimore

  • Emma and Sammy Rocks of Team Rock On joined Wyatt Eberhart on Midday Maryland!

 

SAA – St. Louis

  • John Traube was the top fundraiser with over $26K raised for SAA – St. Louis. Find out why his story is such an inspiration to us at SAA!

SAA – Rhode Island

  • Olympian Elizabeth Beisel joined the Rhode Island swim this year and made a big splash with all the college swimmers and hospital patients alike!

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SAA – Dallas

SAA – Seattle

  • Another big splash for SAA – Seattle as featured by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.