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Help Team Motor City Mile raise money for cancer research at University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center - choose your own activity and goal to virtually travel through every SAA city and go "coast to coast" this summer. Get Registered Today!

  • The SAA-Motor City Mile will benefit cancer research at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, where roughly 500 researchers are working to prevent cancer, improve outcomes for those diagnosed, and improve quality of life for cancer patients and survivors.

WEEKLY COAST TO COAST UPDATE
Week 9 - Updated August 3rd

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Even in these uncertain times, we can continue making waves to fight cancer. As we navigate COVID-19, we've created a special webpage for event updates, helpful information and ways you can continue to support the mission of Swim Across America.

Swim Across America is excited to continue the tradition of the the Motor City Mile in Detroit. The annual event consists of 1/2 mile, 1 mile and 5K swim options. Swimmers, kayakers and event volunteers all come together to "Make Waves to Fight Cancer" and support research at University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center!

Our 2019 Swim Across America - Motor City Mile charity swim granted $30,000 to fund ground breaking cancer research at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center. Your grant supports Dr. Kyong Lee's pancreatic cancer research project at Rogel Cancer Center. Dr. Lee's project is focused on the effects of hypoxia on tumor-stoma crosstalk in pancreatic cancer.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we are unable to have a live in-person event this summer. Alternatively, we will be offering a virtual 'Coast to Coast' Challenge as a way for swimmers, volunteers, family and friends to continue to support research at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center.

If you have any questions about SAA - Motor City Mile, please contact Amy Wheatley.

Swim Across America, Inc. (“SAA”) is a nonprofit corporation recognized by the IRS with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Tax ID #22-3248256)

COAST TO COAST CHALLENGE INFO
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Swim Across America-Motor City Mile will be participating in Coast to Coast - a virtual activity tracking and fundraising challenge where participants will work together to travel across America with a mission to support cancer research. Participants can choose their own activity and goals that will support Team SAA-Motor City Mile move across America. Activities can include a walk, bike ride, run, swim or any favorite physical activity in any safe location in your local community. You can even log cancer treatment hours! The virtual route will travel to each Swim Across America open water event city (21 ‘stops’) for a 7,686 mile journey. Tracking will begin June 1st.

CHALLENGE DETAILS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Questions about participating in Coast to Coast? All your answers can be found in Frequently Asked Questions.

COAST TO COAST COURSE MAP

The full course map and distances for all legs can be found here.

COAST TO COAST FUNDRAISING TOOLKIT

You can find some new and inspiring fundraising messages crafted for 2020 as well as shareable graphics for Instagram, Facebook and your Participant Center to boost your fundraising for the 'Coast to Coast' challenge here.

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SWIM ACROSS AMERICA 2020 COMMEMORATIVE SHIRT

All 2020 SAA - Motor City Mile 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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2020 VIRTUAL CELEBRATION

Mark your calendars for August 29th at 10am ET for our virtual party and Coast to Coast Celebration for all SAA-Motor City Mile participants and supporters!

Come hear inspiring stories from cancer survivors, learn more about the research your support is funding at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center and celebrate the impact we have been able to have together thanks to your successful Coast to Coast accomplishments!

As part of the celebration, we would like to highlight and recognize all of YOU! We invite you to send us a photo or short video clip of yourself as you take on the Coast to Coast challenge. We will compile these submissions into an event highlight video that will be shared during the virtual celebration. Please send your photos to: info@swimacrossamerica.org.

Stay tuned for more details on how you can tune in to the celebration on August 29th!

PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS

Registration and Fundraising:

To Join the Coast to Coast Challenge, there is a small personal DONATION of $25 to get you started, and while we will encourage you to fundraise, there is NO Fundraising Minimum to participate. We are all working together as an event to travel coast to coast, but you can still choose to register as an individual or as a part of a fundraising team. Teams can be an inspirational way to honor a loved one and motivate your family and friends to register with you!

 

Already registered for SAA - Motor City Mile? Great! No need to change your registration. You are already eligible to participate in the activity tracking challenge.

 

Note, Online Fundraising Pages on the SAA website are still available, and you can still use Facebook and other Social Media platforms to solicit additional donations. Proceeds from the challenge will support cancer research at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center.

HOW TO FUNDRAISE

If this is your first time participating in Swim Across America or if you just need some tips to be a better fundraiser, click here. It will walk you through the participant center and teach you how to email donors, share on social media sites and download the fundraising app.

You may support the participant of your choice by making an online donation. Or you may send a check, payable to Swim Across America, to the address below:

Swim Across America, Inc.
11600 N. Community House Rd, #100
Charlotte, NC 28277

Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.

BENEFICIARY

Since 2019, funds from the SAA-Motor City Mile have supported cancer research at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, where roughly 500 researchers are working to prevent cancer, improve outcomes for those diagnosed, and improve quality of life for cancer patients and survivors.

Funds from the 2019 event will support pancreatic cancer research by Kyoung Eun Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology at Michigan Medicine.

OLYMPIANS

SAA - Motor City Mile was lucky to have the support of these Olympians who attended our swim in 2019:

Peter Vanderkaay - a former University of Michigan Swimmer and 4-time Olympic medalist who participated in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Chris Thompson - a 2000 Olympic bronze medalist in the 1500-meter freestyle and former 1500-meter freestyle American record holder. Chris also swam for the University of Michigan. He now resides in Michigan where he coaches the Plymouth Canton Cruisers.

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