Why I am going to swim in the Open Water Inaugural Swim Across America Florida Keys
Many of you know Bob has been involved with Swim Across America (SAA) for over 30 years. He is one of the OG’s. I remember back in the 90’s when they used to swim down the Hudson River to raise money for Memorial Sloan Kettering. I am happy to say because of that group the funding for Memorial Sloan Kettering's Swim Across America Lab, which has had Stunning Success in creating a Cancer Immunotherapy vaccine today has changed the way many cancer treatments have evolved. SAA has granted nearly $100M to fund cancer research and clinical trials at world-renowned research institutes and organizations, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Moffitt Cancer Center, Chicago Rush University Medical Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Hollings Cancer Center, Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center, Massey Cancer Center, MD Anderson, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT), Rogel Cancer Center at the University of Michigan, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, Levine Cancer Institute, Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas, Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Feinstein Institute of North Shore, Women and Infants Hospital Rhode Island, Siteman Cancer Center, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
I am happy to say that SAA will have its inaugural Swim in the Florida Keys and I am going to swim to help raise money for cancer research. The beneficiary is The Miami Cancer Institute. We hope to raise over $50,000.00 and Make Waves to Fight Cancer.
Cancer has touched too many lives and has been showing its ugly face in my family too long.
My mother, Marie Dickson, had colon cancer and thanks to the guidance of SAA and the care of Memorial Sloan Kettering she is a survivor. It was a long difficult fight and I am grateful she is here today. My father, Jimmy D had throat cancer and again thanks to MSK he is a survivor. I have cousins, aunts and friends that have had cancer, some are survivors, some still fighting but unfortunately some lost their battle. I have decided to swim this year to help raise money for cancer research. I am dedicated my swim to my parents Jimmy and Marie and my dear friend Beverly Jones. Bev was one of my closest friends and the first friend i have ever had to say goodbye to because cancer took her life. I know Bev will be there with me swimming ( just like we snorkeled in Treasure Cay).
I ask you to support me by donating, coming to cheer me on or signing up and swimming yourself. You can start a team, swim as an individual or be a volunteer. Click this link to find out more details.
Thank you and I appreciate your support.