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Our scientific advisory committee is renowned cancer MDs and PHDs with decades of experience in cancer research and clinical trials. They help us select projects and researchers who are the pioneers to curing cancer. Our grant focus is not a specific type of cancer. Rather, we provide seed grants to the projects that present the best opportunities to have a breakthrough. With the data, researchers are then able to apply for additional funding from the National Institute of Health, other foundations, and industry. Our beneficiaries have reported that for every grant dollar they receive from SAA, they are able to secure $3 in new funding they might not otherwise have received.

In over three decades, Swim Across America has granted close to $100 million dollars that have led to breakthroughs in immunotherapy, gene therapy, personalized medicine, and patient programs. It is important donors know that our grant agreement requires 100% of SAA grants be applied to approved projects and not other things such as overhead and buildings.

There are nine named Swim Across America research labs demonstrating the commitment and partnership of the beneficiary and Swim Across America.

 

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    SAA - HOUSTON,
    SAA - NASSAU/SUFFOLK
    MD Anderson Cancer Center
    FOCUS:  Cancer research and clinical trials in the departments of Pediatric Oncology and Neuro-Oncology.
    GRANT FOR 2020/2021: $517,000

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    SAA - LONG ISLAND SOUND,
    SAA - NASSAU-SUFFOLK
    Swim Across America Lab
    at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    FOCUS: Funding immunotherapy clinical trials that have played a major role in developing four FDA approved immunotherapy medicines ipilimumab (YERVOY), nivolumab (OPDIVO), pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA) and atezolizumab (TECENTRIQ).
    GRANT FOR 2020/2021: $981,500
    MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING TESTIMONIAL

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    SAA - LONG ISLAND SOUND
    Columbia University Medical Center
    FOCUS: Pediatric oncology research; grant funding for pediatric patients who have tumor relapse.
    GRANT FOR 2020/2021: $139,000