Why I'm Swimming
This event is deeply personal. My mother was diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer in 2020, and she has been receiving exceptional care by Dr. Cathy Eng's amazing team at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center. Fortunately, genetic analysis of her tumor revealed that it is sensitive to immunotherapy, and she has had a wonderful response to pembroluzimab (Keytruda) with minimal side effects. During the past decade, the pace of research and discovery in cancer biology has been incredible, in large part thanks to NIH research funding and the generosity of so many wonderful people and organizations like Swim Across America. In fact, funding from Swim Across America directly contributed to the development of Keytruda, my mother's immunotherapy!
In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. I joined the Swim Across America community so that, together, we can change that.
If you are able, please support our team by making a gift. The researchers we are funding are in our community and are the next generation of cancer pioneers. Without Swim Across America early stage funding, they are not able to conduct trials that can lead to breakthroughs that can save lives (like Keytruda). Thank you for helping make an impact in the fight to find a cure!