Team Poppy was formed in 2006 when Tom Ahern Sr was diagnosed with primary central nervous system lymphoma. He had been cancer free for the last ten years because of the great doctors and nurses at Sloan Kettering but was diagnosed with colon cancer a few months ago. He underwent surgery April 26 at MSK and it wasn't long before he was back at the gym. His good fortune continues and he does not require treatment beyond surgery.
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.