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Baltimore Open Water Swim

Alec and Sheila
Alec and Sheila

Team SPLASH Open

Dear Team SPLASH,

It has been eight years since Swim Across America was launched in Baltimore and we are as excited today as we were when we first jumped in the water in September 2010. The Swim Across America Lab at Johns Hopkins, funded by this swim and led by Dr. Luis Diaz and his incredible team of researchers, is very proud to share a recent announcement on a new groundbreaking cancer drug.

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. 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.

It brings us great comfort, pride and hope to support an event where we are able to know the researchers, where we know the studies that are being conducted, and where we know that breakthroughs are being made to save lives and wipe out cancer.

This is what makes Swim Across America so different from other fundraisers. We know the impact of our efforts and it is significant.

As our current team members know, Team SPLASH was formed to honor our son Alec who died on July 9, 2012 and who was a dedicated supporter of Swim Across America. SPLASH stands for Special People Like Alec Swimming For Hope. On this team we are so thankful that we are able to continue to support our inaugural honoree Pat Dayton, the poster child for cancer research. Pat is now eleven years out of her diagnosis and we are hopeful for decades more to come.

Team SPLASH honors all cancer survivors as well as the loved ones that we have lost. We do so by listing their names on our team shirt. We swim to honor lives lost and we swim for hope for those still in the fight.

We welcome you to join our team as open water swimmers (Team SPLASH Open), pool swimmers (Team SPLASH Pool), volunteers and donors. When you join our team please share with us the names of those you are honoring, including yourself if you are a survivor. We will support all collectively as a team and a community in the fight against cancer.

We hope you can join us in this very important and memorable event.

With deep appreciation,

Andy, Sheila, Drew and Will Cosgarea

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Swim Across America, Inc., [SAA] is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming- related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, SAA is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service.

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