Swim Across America,
Inc., was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to
raising money and awareness for cancer research through a variety of
swim-related events. In 1996, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston
established the Swim Across America,
Inc., Training Grants Fund for the Perini Quality-of-Life Clinic, which
was designed to promote understanding of quality-of-life issues among
clinical researchers. The money raised from this event will support this
training grant fund.
to Discovery ... Committed to Care" is the mission of the Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute, described by the National Cancer Institute as "one of
the world's premiere cancer centers."
Quality-of-Life Program was launched in memory of David B. Perini, Jr.,
who lost his eight-year battle to cancer in 1990 at the age of 26. The
Quality-of-Life Program was instituted in 1992 to address the health
issues confronted by survivors of childhood cancer.
mission is twofold. The first step is to help childhood cancer
survivors, both children and adults, identify and address the risks and
problems they are experiencing as a result of the lasting effects of
their cancer treatments. The second is to support research aimed both at
easing post--treatment effects and at improving treatment methods to
prevent these effects in future cancer patients.