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Loretta's Gills

More than 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

Chances are you or a family member have already been affected by cancer.

Here is our story:


Team Loretta’s Gills

was created in loving memory of

Loretta Blazic Kelley


On the first day of the New Year in 2016, less than four months after her diagnosis, Loretta succumbed to lung cancer and complications of its treatment. Loretta’s Gills, is a team tribute to her life and her legacy. The colors of the team logo, turquoise and pearl represent lung cancer awareness. The "gills" in our team name represent lungs and her "girls" who swim - her daughters and granddaughter who founded the team named in her memory.

Loretta was a caring and dedicated nurse so it is only natural for her "Gills" to carry on that legacy of helping others. "The Gills” are back for our third season with Swim Across America. To honor Loretta's memory and celebrate her life we are literally going to Swim Across America in 2018!

Loretta’s Gills Making Waves Tour  includes 6 open water swims:
Tampa, Greenwich-Stamford, Chicago, St. Louis, Seattle, and Dallas

We welcome you to join the tour and help us make waves! Join team Loretta’s Gills as a swimmer at any (or all) 6 Swim Across America open water locations on the tour. Support the team with a donation. Or why not both?

Your donation supports the designated beneficiary for the site of the swim. Loretta’s Gills individual swimmers cover all costs associated with registration and travel to each of the swim locations.

Loretta's Gills are swimming to raise money and fund the research and clinical trials desperately needed to advance the standard of care for cancer treatment. We are also swimming to raise awareness and advocate for lung cancer screening and early detection in high-risk individuals. We are swimming for LUNGevity!

You can make a credit card donation by clicking on the DONATE NOW link to make a team donation, or by clicking on one of the members of our team to donate on their personal page.

Loretta’s Gills thank you for your generous support and encouragement.
Together we are Making Waves to Fight Cancer!

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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