“Our nation’s investment in cancer research has led to enormous progress. More people are surviving cancer than ever before, patients’ quality of life has improved dramatically, and there has been a revolution in our understanding of cancer. Today, two out of three people live at least five years after a cancer diagnosis, and the nation's cancer death rate has dropped 25 percent since the early 1990s, reversing decades of increases.” – American Society of Clinical Oncology website
In the 11 years since I first swam in Boston Harbor to raise money for cancer research, the advances have been extraordinary. Targeted therapy, immunotherapy, the effectiveness of chemotherapy, and the understanding of the long term impacts of the treatments are accelerating and providing hope to millions. Like all of you, I’ve seen this in the number of family and friends who have courageously battled this disease, often with results that didn’t seem possible not long ago. Each year the number of people I know touched by cancer grows, but I am so encouraged by the number of positive outcomes.
With all of this good news, we are not at the point where every story has a happy ending. There is so much more work to be done, which will continue to require investment by the public and private sector. Much of this continues to be funded through the generosity of donors like you. As such, I will be participating in my 10th Swim Across America event to raise money for cancer research. For the second year in a row, I am proud to be swimming in our new event at Alpine Lake in Innsbrook, just outside of St. Louis. Proceeds from the event will be dedicated to immunotherapy clinical trials and research at Siteman Cancer Center of Barnes Jewish Hospital and Washington University Medical Center.
As always, I am appreciative of all your support, whether financial or in sending positive thoughts to me and the other 300+ swimmers and volunteers who will be participating on the morning of August 26th.
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