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These times are filled with uncertainty, but one thing remains true: groundbreaking cancer research needs funding to save lives.

This year, help SAA - Baltimore raise money by "making waves to fight cancer" anyway you can with Personal Challenge 2020. Choose your activity and goal: walk, run, golf, swim, kayak, bike, dance, climb. Everyone of every age can participate - as an individual, team or family. For $25, Get Registered Today!

  • Proceeds from the swim will support immunotherapy clinical trials and research at the Swim Across America Lab at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. Read about the groundbreaking trial with pembrolizumab, marketed as Keytruda, and the timeline of achievements thanks to the grants from SAA-Baltimore here.

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In its first year, Swim Across America - Baltimore set the record for the largest inaugural event in SAA history. The open water and pool swims have grown and have raised over $4.2 million in 10 years for the Swim Across America Lab at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.

Due to COVID-19 related concerns about large gatherings, we are unable to have a live in-person event this summer, but OUR MISSION DOESN'T STOP! This year, help us raise money by "making waves to fight cancer" anyway you can with Personal Challenge 2020. Everyone of every age can participate - as an individual, team or family.

We would love for ALL present and past SAA - Baltimore swimmers, volunteers and supporters to join us in 2020! We have set a high goal to get as many participants involved as possible to join us in our mission of "Making Waves to Fight Cancer." Our goal is to have 3,000 people registered for the personal challenge. Please share our new event information with your friends and family and encourage them to join you in this fun personal challenge. Registration is only $25 for all of 2020!

 

Wishing you health and safety,
The SAA Baltimore Steering Committee - Annie, Geoff, Betsy, Kelly and Lorrie

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WHAT: This year the SAA-Baltimore Personal Challenge 2020 replaces our open water swim. All can participate in this ‘any-activity, fund-raising challenge’ as we “make virtual waves to fight cancer.” Here are some ideas for your 2020 Personal Challenge:

  • Over the summer: Swim 50 miles, Walk/Run/Hike 100 miles, Bike 500 miles
  • Run your own 5K
  • Kayak/paddle board (individually or as a group)
  • Climb a mountain
  • Volunteer for a COVID-related cause, a soup kitchen or food pantry
  • Cancer treatment (count the time spent fighting cancer!)
  • Golf with friends to raise $ for SAA
  • Host a ZOOM Conference Call with a Celebrity or Olympian and raise money from Friends
  • Any other TASTEFUL personal, family or team challenge,... your choice!

WHERE: Anywhere you want, with your team, family or individually.

HOW: Just two easy steps:
*Anyone already registered as a volunteer or swimmer will be automatically changed to the Personal Challenge 2020. NO NEED to reregister.

1. Register either individually or under your Team name.

2. For this year, instead of our usual registration fee, we ask that you make a small $25 personal donation. You will receive a commemorative 2020 SAA T-Shirt.

That’s it! Now set up your fundraising profile page and fundraise what you can, if you can. There are no fundraising minimums this year.

Personally challenge yourself and others to get out there and swim, kayak, walk, run, bike, golf, play tennis—any activity you want.

Recruiting Challenge: We would love for ALL present and past SAA - Baltimore swimmers, volunteers and supporters to join us in 2020! We have set a high goal to get as many participants involved as possible to join us in our mission of "Making Waves to Fight Cancer." Please share our new event information with your friends and family and encourage them to join you in this fun personal challenge. NOMINATE your Friends to join the SAA 2020 CHALLENGE… let it grow!

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A full timeline of achievements credited to SAA-Baltimore grants and future projects can be found here.

Monies from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Swim events funded groundbreaking research in immunotherapy. In a report of a proof-of-principle study of patients with colon and other cancers for whom standard therapies failed, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center saw that mistakes in so-called mismatch repair genes, first identified by Johns Hopkins and other scientists two decades ago, may accurately predict who will respond to certain immunotherapy drugs known as PD1 inhibitors. Results of the trial with pembrolizumab, marketed as Keytruda, was published by the New England Journal of Medicine on June 25, 2015. On May 23, 2017 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to a treatment for patients whose cancers have a specific genetic feature (biomarker). This is the first time the agency has approved a cancer treatment based on a common biomarker rather than the location in the body where the tumor originated.

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA 2020 COMMEMORATIVE SHIRT

All 2020 SAA - Baltimore participants will receive the 2020 commemorative shirt as a thank you for their support and commitment to Swim Across America. This shirt features the slogan "The Mission Doesn't Stop" on the front - a reference to 34 years and counting of impact we've had 'Making Waves To Fight Cancer' with all the SAA cities on back. The tri-blend shirt comes in blue to recognize our frontline heroes in hospitals and research centers in this unprecedented year.

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