Since hearing about Swim Across America twenty five years ago, I have wanted to get involved. I loved the idea of swimming and raising money for cancer research. Over the years, several former teammates from Boston College had participated and they encouraged me to get involved. However, it was only recently that I found a mentor and local group at MeadowBrook swim club in Baltimore to get me connected. My mentor and friend John Dierkes from Baltimore lost his wife to cancer in 2014 and John invited me to join his team. Like John, I have also lost a loved one to cancer. In 2005, my sister Eileen was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. After a yearlong battle, Eileen lost her battle to cancer at age 44, leaving behind 6 children.
Every morning as I train for the upcoming SAA open water swims or reach out to potential donors, I think about my sister Eileen and all the people I have known lost to cancer. I am delighted to be part of the Swim Across America fundraising team and I look forward to helping our team raise funds to help find a cure for cancer.
The Swim Across America – Boston Open Water Swim and fundraising event on July 10th includes swimmers from across the USA and benefits cancer research, prevention and treatment at Dana Faber Cancer Institute and Mass General Hospital for Children. Since 2013, The event raised $800,000. We hope to make 2020 even bigger and better and we invite you to join us as a swimmer, volunteer or donor as we "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."
An estimated 40% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime. Meanwhile, National Cancer Institute funding for investigative research and clinical trials has decreased 25% the past 10 years. This benefit swim is so important because it raises dollars that are invested into early stage cancer research and clinical trials. The researchers we are funding are in our community and are the next generation of cancer pioneers. Without Swim Across America early stage funding, they are not able to conduct trials that can lead to breakthroughs that can save lives.
Your support is greatly appreciated. Please consider making a donation to this worthy cause.
Thank you so much for your support and I hope you will join us as we "Make Waves to Defeat Cancer."
You can make a credit card donation here, or send a check to Swim Across America - Boston, c/o Jamie Mannion, PO Box 206, 300 Broadway Lbby, Revere, MA 02151.
Check should be made out to Swim Across America but please include a note mentioning my name as the swimmer you are supporting!