The Long Island Sound SAA raised over $1.3 million dollars last year!
That money stays local – it helps fund research at two major cancer centers in New York City, but a large portion also helps us. Swim’s support of CST allows us to offer our services to anyone who has cancer and lives in southern Westchester, at no cost to them. Supporting research is very needed, but so is assisting patients and families who are living with cancer right here, right now.
Swim Across America got involved with Cancer Support Team all the way back in the 1990s. It started with a woman named Kathy. She lost her valiant fight against cancer, leaving three daughters and her husband, Frank. When Frank was approached to start a local Swim Across America, he did so in Kathy’s memory. Not long after, he also became involved with Cancer Support Team, and knew firsthand how important it is to have support when going through a family crisis like cancer.
Frank understood that a cancer diagnosis doesn’t just affect the cancer patient. The emotional and sometimes financial toll affects everyone in the family. He joined the board of CST to help others who were going through what he’d been through have an easier time. It’s the mission of CST – enhancing the lives of cancer patients and their families -- and it’s something he’s still dedicated to doing, decades later.
This year of course our Westchester Swim Across America event is not going to take place, due to COVID-19 and the desire to keep everyone safe. Instead, SAA is asking everyone to “make waves” in whatever way they can – walking, running, biking, golfing. The CST staff has always had a Swim Across America team, and this year will be no different. We’ve decided to walk together, but socially distanced. It’s something we want to do and hope you will as well. Like I said, it’s warm outside and what better way to spend time in the sunshine than by raising money to help people with cancer?
You can join Team CST by doing your own personal challenge. 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, PO Box 217, Larchmont, NY 10538.
Your check should be made out to Swim Across America but please include a note mentioning our team or the swimmer you are supporting!