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.
Thanks to our national sponsor SwimOutlet, all Swim Across America open water participants will get a custom cap with the swim community on one side and the traditional SAA logo on the other. We hope you’ll wear your swim cap with pride and support SwimOutlet for continuing to support our mission to find a cure for cancer. Find your swim and sign up today!
The Swim Across America – Charlotte swim held its kickoff event at Levine Cancer Institute on April 6th. The Charlotte swim community, including USA Swimming Women’s Coach David Marsh, learned about the SAA mission from LCI doctors and researchers as well as cancer survivors including collegiate swimmer Alex Marshall.
Marshall, a swimmer at Queens College, was recently featured on CNN for her courageous battle to get back in the pool.
A dream come true – A promise kept – An incredible journey
Patty Brummet is preparing for her third bike trek across the United States to support Swim Across America. Her journey of 3,160 miles begins March 5 in San Diego and ends on May 2 in St. Augustine, FL. The fight to cure cancer inspires her dream to bike America.
Patty waited until she was retired to start chasing her lifelong dream of biking across America. After a hiatus in 2016 due to a training accident, Patty is back to complete this feat a third time to benefit SAA – Chicago and Rush University Cancer Center.
She rides with a special jersey with names on the back to remember and honor cancer patients which she began compiling in 2014. “In 2015 I added 50 more names. In 2016 I added 31 more names. I wore this jersey on the most challenging days,” Patty wrote.
A swimmer as well, this is Patty’s 13th year participating in SAA – Chicago. She has personally raised over $81,000 for cancer research, prevention, and treatment and has a goal of $15,000 in 2017 (as of March 6, Patty has raised $13,481).
If you’re inspired by Patty Brummet’s ride, you can donate here or follow her adventure through her personal blog.
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.