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!



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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.
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!


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!

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SAA Debuts Under Armour WaveMaker gift for 2017

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!


Pool Swims Across America (May 2017)

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.

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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 Stars Align at SMAC OUT CANCER 2017

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.”

Check out all the fun and join in 2018!

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