I am volunteering and collecting donations for the inaugural Swim Across America-Houston (SAA) benefit swim being held on May 4th at Alexander Deussen Park Lake Houston 12303 Sonnier St, Houston, TX 77044. Here are five reasons why this cause is near and dear to me and why I'm asking for your support.
1) I am collecting donations in memory of one very dear person that I lost to cancer who is my dad, John C Agathon Sr. My dad passed away in July 2007 from complications of kidney cancer that spread through out his body. He only lived for about 1 year after his diagnosis and stayed at his home with my sister and family by his side during his time in hospice.
2) Cancer is a disease that affects us all. Every single one of us has been personally impacted by this dreaded disease. You, your family members or your close friends may have been diagnosed with cancer. SAA grants have been on the cutting edge of cancer treatment and cures, such as immunotherapy. SAA Houston is your opportunity to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
3) The money raised at the Houston swim stays in Houston. SAA beneficiaries are located in the communities of their open water swims. The Houston beneficiaries are researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the departments of Pediatric Oncology and Neuro-Oncology. The doctors receiving the SAA grants will be attending the swim and will be part of the experience. They will have the opportunity to meet the participants, donors, and volunteers and will share how the SAA grant will help them in their fight against cancer. The connection of a local SAA swim to a local beneficiary is part of what makes SAA so special.
4) Beneficiaries and research projects are both carefully screened. SAA’s scientific advisory committee is comprised of renowned cancer MDs and PhDs with decades of experience in clinical trials and cancer research. They help SAA select projects and researchers who are on the forefront of new cures and treatments to cure cancer. SAA’s grant focus is not a specific type of cancer. Rather, SAA provides seed grants to the projects that present the best opportunities to have a breakthrough in the fight against cancer.
5) Transparency and Accountability. The beneficiary agreement requires that 100% of SAA grants be applied to approved projects and not to other things such as overhead and buildings. Additionally, the beneficiary must submit an annual report that both provides an accounting of how the funds have been spent and the progress that has been made on the research.
You can make a credit card donation here, or send a check to Swim Across America, 11600 N. Community House Rd., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28277. Checks should be made out to Swim Across America, but please include a note mentioning my name as the participant that you are supporting. Thanks so much for your support. Together, we can make waves against cancer!