Our guiding principal is that money raised local, stays local. Each of our charity swims awards their donations to a research or community hospital beneficiary. Our beneficiaries recommend early stage projects and patient programs that have the most potential. Our grants aren't focused on a specific type of cancer. In many cases, our early stage grant allows researchers to test ideas and gather data so they are in a better position to apply for additional funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH), 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.