SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – MOTOR CITY MILE IN THE NEWS

Here are some recent stories that display the impact all the members of the Swim Across America family have had in the Tampa community benefiting Rogel Cancer Center. If you would like to register, volunteer or donate, please visit swimacrossamerica.org/detroit.

THE PATCH

Swim Across America Motor City Mile Set to Take Place on July 8th

THE OAKLAND PRESS

Cancer survivor Chad Steed of Huntington Woods helping fund cancer research at Motor City Mile open-water swim

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DETROIT FREE PRESS

Swimmers gather at Belle Isle to raise funds for fight against cancer

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Swim for America raises money for cancer at Belle Isle

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – CHARLESTON-KIAWAH IN THE NEWS

Here are some recent stories that display the impact all the members of the Swim Across America family have had in the Charleston-Kiawah community benefiting MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. If you would like to register, volunteer or donate, please visit swimacrossamerica.org/kiawah.

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A STORY OF FRIENDSHIP AND A CAUSE: SWIM ACROSS AMERICA CHARLESTON-KIAWAH

FOX 24 NEWS NOW

Swim Across America Making Waves to Fight Cancer

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ABC 4 NEWS

Swim Across America raising money for cancer research at Hollings Cancer Center

NBC COUNT ON NEWS 2

Swim Across America raises 55K at Kiawah Island event

WCSC LIVE 5 NEWS

‘Swim Across America’ raises money for cancer research in the Lowcountry

THE ISLAND CONNECTION

A Story Of Friendship And A Cause

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SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – NASHVILLE IN THE NEWS

Here are some recent stories that display the impact all the members of the Swim Across America family have had in the Nashville community benefiting Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. If you would like to register, volunteer or donate, please visit swimacrossamerica.org/nashville.

THE PATCH

Inaugural Swim Across America Nashville Event Scheduled for April 23

THE SPORTS CREDENTIAL

Olympian Missy Franklin Brings Swim Across America to Nashville

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WKRN-TV (ABC, 2)

Swim Across America holds inaugural Nashville event

NASHVILLE POST

Olympic gold medalist helps bring Swim Across America to Nashville

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SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – HOUSTON IN THE NEWS

Here are some recent stories that display the impact all the members of the Swim Across America family have had in the Houston community benefiting MD Anderson Cancer Center. If you would like to register, volunteer or donate, please visit swimacrossamerica.org/houston.

KHOU 11

Houston man to ‘Swim Across America’ to raise money for cancer research

MY NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Robert McLaren of Houston plans to Swim Across America

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KPRC-TV (NBC) Click2Houston “Houston Life”

60-Year-Old Robert McLaren Swims Across America for Cancer Research

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA – TAMPA IN THE NEWS

Here are some recent stories that display the impact all the members of the Swim Across America family have had in the Tampa community benefiting Johns Hopkins All Chidren’s Hospital. If you would like to register, volunteer or donate, please visit swimacrossamerica.org/tampa.

TAMPA FREE PRESS

11-Year-Old Tampa Boy Making “Waves” To Fight Cancer

CBS 10

Young Tampa swimmer honors mother in cancer research fundraising event

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NBC 8

Tampa 11-year-old attempting 2-mile open-water swim in honor of mom

FOX 13 “What’s Right with Tampa Bay”

Teen swimmer raises thousands for cancer research

Spectrum Bay News

11-year old swims for mom to fight cancer

Tampa Bay Times

With mom in mind, Wesley Chapel youth swimmer raises money for cancer research

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Swim Across America Provides Grant Funding That Helps Lead to 100% Cancer Remission

June 9, 2022—The New England Journal of Medicine published a paper on June 5 that 12 patients completed a phase 2 clinical trial for advanced rectal cancer and showed a 100% clinical complete response to dostarlimab, an immunotherapy treatment produced by GlaxoSmithKline. The clinical trial was conducted at Memorial Sloan Kettering with early-stage grant funding from Swim Across America.

Reviews of the clinical trial and quotes in the New York Times from cancer experts are hopeful:

“I believe this (a 100% response) is the first time this has happened in the history of cancer,” commented Dr. Luis Diaz, an author of the New England Journal of Medicine paper.

Dr. Luis Diaz, Memorial Sloan Kettering

“There were a lot of happy tears,” said Dr. Andrea Cercek, an oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a co-author of the paper.

Depending on patient size and other factors, the cost to run a clinical trial can run into millions of dollars. Early-stage sponsors such as Swim Across America are necessary to fund the costs. Swim Across America’s grant for the MSK clinical trial helped fund the science and speed of sharing of information. Other funding partners of the MSK clinical trial are the Simon and Eve Colin Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, Stand Up to Cancer, and the National Cancer Institute. Swim Across America is delighted with the results and continues to provide grant support.

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Swim Across America’s grant agreement with beneficiaries such as Memorial Sloan Kettering requires that 100% of an SAA grant must be spent on approved research and clinical trial programs. In 35-years, SAA has granted nearly $100M to innovative and otherwise unfunded ideas so that the time of oncologists such as Dr. Cercek and Dr. Diaz is protected to make progress and develop new treatments.

Swim Across America has a proven track record of identifying and funding early-stage ideas of promise. Swim Across America grants have played a major role in clinically developing FDA-approved immunotherapy treatments ipilimumab (YERVOY), nivolumab (OPDIVO), pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA), and atezolizumab (TECENTRIQ).

You can volunteer or swim by visiting swimacrossamerica.org/communities

New England Journal of Medicine: https://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa2201445

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Swim Across America Debuts Team Captain Package with SAA Hat

Swim Across America is excited to celebrate our team captains this year by introducing a team captain package! Once you register your team, you’ll receive the package in the mail that includes a new SAA baseball cap (pictured) and resources to be successful.

We hope you’ll be signing up to lead a team again this year and receiving one soon! There is also a new Team Captain Corner page on the website, where you can find everything from email templates to use with your teammates and donors, to online tools and social media resources. You can check out the page at www.swimacrossamerica.org/captains.

Register your team today and start recruiting!

 

SAA Debuts WaveMaker Cooler Bag for 2022

Swim Across America is excited to celebrate our top fundraisers with the 2022 WaveMaker gift of a Backpack Cooler for participants and volunteers that raise $1,000 or more!

As part of the WaveMaker club, we want you to show your SAA pride year-round with a cooler perfect for any occasion. The 20 can cooler bag is light, durable and heat sealed with gray PEVA lining. It features a padded back panel and comfortable backpack straps for easy carrying or grab and go with the removable, adjustable shoulder strap with shoulder pad. Want to take this awesome item home with you? Register today and set your fundraising goal to WaveMaker!

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Support Swim Across America with a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA:

Make Waves to Fight Cancer while satisfying your required minimum distribution.

What is a QCD?

A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is a distribution of funds from your IRA (excluding an ongoing SEP or SIMPLE IRA) directly to a qualified charitable organization, such as Swim Across America. Since the gift goes directly to the qualified charity without passing through your hands, the dollar amount of the donation may be excluded from your taxable income up to a maximum of $100,000 annually, with some exceptions. Please consult your tax advisor for information regarding your specific exceptions.

To learn more about QCDs, visit IRS.gov

Am I eligible to make a QCD?

If you are 70.5 years or older, you can make tax-free gifts to Swim Across America of up to $100,000 from your IRA. Your donation will count toward your minimum required distribution.

How do I make a QCD to Swim Across America?

Contact your IRA custodian and request a direct transfer to:

Swim Across America, Inc.
8508 Park Road #389 Charlotte, NC 28210
Tax ID number: 22-3248256

Do not withdraw the funds and make a contribution yourself, or you will have to report the withdrawal as taxable income. If you are requesting the transfer at the end of the tax year, allow enough time for the transfer to complete by December 31. 

Please note: we are not in a position to give formal tax advice, and we strongly advise you to have these gifts reviewed by your own qualified financial or tax advisors.

SAA Debuts WaveMaker Cooler Bag for 2022

Swim Across America is excited to celebrate our 35th anniversary in 2022 with a Swim Across America WaveMaker gift of 20 can backpack cooler for participants and volunteers that raise $1,000 or more!

As part of the WaveMaker club, we want you to show your SAA pride year-round with a cooler perfect for any occasion. The 20 can cooler bag is light, durable and heat sealed with gray PEVA lining. It features a padded back panel and comfortable backpack straps for easy carrying or grab and go with the removable, adjustable shoulder strap with shoulder pad. Want to take this awesome item home with you? Register today and set your fundraising goal to WaveMaker!

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