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A HISTORY OF LOCAL INSPIRATION
ROBERT MCLAREN SAA - HOUSTON
"I got involved with SAA as a way to honor so many who have battled cancer and to do my part to "Make Cancer History."
WYATT DEATON SAA - TAMPA
“We are so proud of all Wyatt is doing to help make waves and fight cancer,” said his Mom Michelle. “Wyatt swims in honor of me - I’m a cancer thriver - and for family and friends who have lost their battle or are fighting now.”
BRAD JOHNSON & JANA CHANTHABANE SAA - CHARLESTON-KIAWAH
“Our goal for the Charleston- Kiawah swim is to continue to fund the projects at Hollings that are truly making the impossible possible and be able to fund more than one researcher each year."
CRAIG LAWRENCE SAA - FAIRFIELD COUNTY
"I’m incredibly proud to have played a role in helping the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy-funded researchers who have made tremendous advances in the development of cell and gene therapies across multiple cancer types over the past decade, and I will continue to swim and support their efforts until cancer becomes a disease of the past."
CHAD STEED SAA - MOTOR CITY MILE
"The funds raised are making an amazing real-time difference in research and supporting those currently in treatment as well as those who may deal with cancer in the future. As a 21-year cancer survivor I am proud and honored to be part of Swim Across America and to do all I can to support their efforts.”
JILL ROETHKE & JIM PIGNATO SAA - NANTUCKET
“As a result of the Swim Across America Nantucket event, patients now receive treatments and see world-class oncologists on-island at the Swim Across America Infusion Center, instead of having to travel to the mainland for these services. It has been a game-changer for those facing cancer on Nantucket.”
1992 SWIM SAA - LONG ISLAND SOUND
"SAA-LIS’s goal is to prevent future generations from ever being afflicted with this menacing disease."
TEAM CAROLYN SAA - NASSAU/SUFFOLK
"We are looking forward to joining a community dedicated to fighting cancer, the disease that took Carolyn Jaenisch from us, while simultaneously doing something she loved : swimming."
KITTY TETREAULT SAA - BOSTON
“Swimming has been my salvation and peace during treatment (and in life) and as long as cancer is out there I will continue to raise money for research and treatment of cancer.”
TEAM KENNEDY SAA - CHICAGO
“Mark and I, along with our families, friends, fellow BC teammates have enjoyed watching SAA evolve and grow over the last thirty years. It is a perfect venture, a place where our shared passion for swimming and the unique mission of Swim Across America merged and most importantly, through it all, we continue to give hope to people who have been touched by cancer.”
ERIC VITCENDA SAA - DENVER
"I have committed myself to helping others accomplish their goals, and help raise awareness and money for cancer research, specifically for Children's Hospital Colorado's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders."
JAY PELUSO & FAMILY SAA - RICHMOND
"“The folks at Swim Across America were amazing. They helped us so much I can't even explain it."
DENTON & WILSON FAMILIES SAA - ST. LOUIS
"This year, SAA St. Louis will surpass $1,000,000 raised for cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center. We are committed to Swim Across America to provide hope for those impacted by cancer."
TEAM MARTHA RIES SAA - SEATTLE
"We are not the only ones and our resolve to carry on to discover treatments and fight cancer are ever more empowered."
JOHN O'NEILL SAA - RHODE ISLAND
"Too many family members and friends have been lost to cancer and we wanted to do something that could help."
TEAM ROCK ON SAA - BALTIMORE
"Participating in SAA Baltimore honors our mom's memory in a very personal way. Every year at the swim, we see the faces of people who’s lives our fundraising has helped save, and even though we still wish our mom could be one of those faces, it helps us to cope with her loss to know that our swimming is truly making a difference."
OLYMPIAN ROOTS OF SAA-ATLANTA SAA - ATLANTA
"10 years ago Olympians helped bring SAA to Atlanta."
DANIEL WATTERS, JEANNE DOOLAN CUNNINGHAM & ANDREA HAYES DICKSON SAA - DALLAS
"With the help of then SAA President Janel Jorgensen (a teammate of Andrea and Daniel on the 1988 Olympic Team), SAA - Dallas would establish funding for Phase 1 clinical research at the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center."
SUSAN HELMRICH SAA - SAN FRANCISCO
“I continue to volunteer for Swim Across America as captain of Team Susan Survives! because it is my small way of giving something back to the universe because, for whatever reason, I am one of the lucky ones. In my own small way, I hope to inspire, motivate and encourage others to keep trying and to keep going even when it seems hopeless.”
TEAM GANS STRONG SAA - CHARLOTTE
"We continue to give back to the cancer community in Charlotte which we know all too well to give hope to all of the families that will unfortunately have to go through the same thing as us. Hope that maybe one day the word cancer will be the past. Hope that hearing the word cancer doesn't present the immediate feeling of fear. Hope that cancer will no longer be an earth shattering diagnosis but something that can be treated and even prevented."
Swim Across America is celebrating 35 years of impact in 2022. SAA has raised $100 million since its inception in 1987 to support cancer research and clinical trials across the U.S. Please contact Jeni Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org for media inquiries.