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Chicago Open Water Swim

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In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. We joined the SAA community so that, together, we can change that. We are challenging ourselves by swimming in the Chicago Open Water Swim and raising as much money to fight cancer as we can. Please support us by sponsoring our swim and making a gift.


For the fourth year in a row, swimmers from the Bridgeport and canaryville neighborhoods will be jumping into Lake Michigan with swimmers from all over to raise money for cancer research.  There are many reasons we swim; for Coach Nick it started as just a fun saturday morning open water swim in New York 17 years ago.  Helping raise money for cancer research was just a bonus.  As the years have gone by the swim has taken on a different meaning.  When we started doing the Chicago swim, it was just a way of teaching the kids that we should give back in some way, pay forward all the charity and good things people had done for us.  Then personal reasons started popping up.  Kayla Redig, a swimmer from UIC who swam for Coach Nick was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 24.  Ross Valenti, grandfather to Rocco was diagnosed 3 years ago and unfortunately lost his battle last year.  Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, friends; we have all known someone who has been afflicted with this horrible disease.  The personal stories from people have motivated us to swim and do our best to raise as much money possible so that hopefully the world can be rid of cancer in our lifetime.  Please consider donating to our cause and helping us reach our goal.     

You can make a credit card donation by clicking on one of the members of our team below, or send a check to Swim Across America, 47 West Polk Street, Suite 100-561, Chicago, IL 60605.Checks should be made out to Swim Across America but please include a note mentioning the swimmer you are supporting!

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Swim Across America, Inc., [SAA] is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming- related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, SAA is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service.

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