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2022 Charlotte Open Water Swim

Gans Strong

Gans Strong is back for year 5 and ready to support our mission to fight cancer 💪🏼  

This year looks a little different for our family. This time last year we were celebrating Jeff being 4 years cancer free. Our world was rocked once again as two weeks after last year's swim he found out his cancer was back. When a loved one has a cancer diagnosis and beats it, you celebrate but it doesn't keep you from having a lingering cloud of fear that it will come back. Every scan and doctors appointment presents anxiety and you just hope that each one comes back clean. Unfortunately, that fear became real in October of last year.

We watched Jeff go through another major oral surgery, followed by radiation and extensive therapy. He continued to push through and exemplify strength like we have never seen. He truly embodies our favorite quote from Jimmy V - "Don't Give Up. Don't Ever Give Up." Jeff is surely not one to give up. 

Just as we thought we were on the other side, in June we found out Jeff has prostate cancer. Another devastating diagnosis but we know he will fight this the same. His strength and perseverance is unmatched. 

Jeff is the reason for this team. He is the reason for the name #GansStrong. He is the reason we are doing what we can to fight cancer. So that family members, friends, colleagues, etc. won't have to go through what he has. So that people have hope when they hear the word cancer. So that one day cancer doesn't present the immediate feeling of fear and worry. So that cancer is treatable or preventable. So that cancer can be a thing of the past. 

Our efforts will be supporting cancer research being done right here in Charlotte at Levine Cancer Center and Levine Children's Hospital. SAA-Charlotte has granted over $600,000 so far to fund the incredible work being done by doctors and researchers trying to find a cure.

Please support us by sponsoring our team and making a gift. The money you give will go towards cancer research, prevention and treatment and will make an impact in the fight to find a cure.  Thank you for your generosity and may it lead to a cancer-free world!


🖤 - Allie & Sandra


You can make a credit card donation by clicking on the "donate now" button or one of the members of our team to the right. You may also send a check to Swim Across America, 8508 Park Road, #389, Charlotte, NC 28210. Check should be made out to Swim Across America but please include a note mentioning our team or the swimmer you are supporting.


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