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Welcome to the Nassau-Suffolk County, Long Island benefit swim chapter of Swim Across America. Celebrating our 20th year in 2020, SAA - Nassau/Suffolk Long Island events have raised over $10 million in support of our beneficiaries.
We hope you'll join us this year as "SAA 2020 Personal Challenge" participant this summer to "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."


WHAT: This year we are introducing a New “SAA Personal Challenge” program for each of our swims. Anyone that has already registered as a volunteer or swimmer, will be automatically changed to this new participant type; so there is NO NEED to Re-register. Just like a Swimmer or Volunteer, SAA Personal Challenge Participants can join or create teams and fundraise for SAA using the same website, online fundraising, and social media capabilities you have used in the past.

WHEN: You decide - your "Personal Challenge" can be done on your timeline as an individual or as a team. We challenge you to get creative and fundraise in 2020.

WHERE: You select where you are comfortable doing your "Personal Challenge"

HOW TO JOIN: “SAA Personal Challenge” participants can choose ANY Activity they want, and they can be done individually or with a small team… All on YOUR SCHEDULE. This can be a one-time event (e.g. Run a Marathon course) or a series of challenges over an extended period (e.g. Bike 500 Miles over the summer). Here are some other “Challenge” examples, but note we encourage you and your teams to GET CREATIVE:

  • Swim 50 mile, Walk/Run/Hike 100 miles, Bike 500 miles over the summer
  • 5K for the Front-lines - Run your own 5K, Nominate 5 people to join the SAA Challenge
  • Volunteer for COVID related cause, a Soup Kitchen or Food Pantry
  • Climb a Mountain - Team “We Heal the World” Does this each year
  • Kayak as a group
  • Golf a safe round with friends to raise $ for SAA
  • Host a ZOOM Conference Call with a Celebrity or Olympian and raise money from Friends
  • Any other TASTEFUL personal or small team challenge,... your choice!


FUNDRAISING: To Join the SAA 2020 Personal 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. 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 for SAA, based on your challenge.

Recruiting Challenge: Once you decide your challenge, you can update your online fundraising page, share on social media, and ask for support. In addition, you can NOMINATE 5 Friends to join the SAA 2020 CHALLENGE… let it grow!

QUESTIONS? Feel free to email Kevin Shine


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, 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)


The goal of the Swim Across America laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is to develop new approaches to cancer treatment through stimulating the immune system to attack cancer cells. Results from our laboratory are the basis of ongoing clinical trials at MSKCC in patients with melanoma, breast cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer and lymphoma. The lab has been one of the most successful in the world at moving lab discoveries into the clinic. The SAA lab was instrumental in the development of the first Melanoma US FDA-approved drug in 13 years.

We have been funding the important non small cell lung cancer research of Rafaella Sordella, PhD since 2008 at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Her lab has been able to identify a subpopulation of cells that are intrinsically resistant to both conventional and targeted therapies and are more metastatic. At the molecular level they have determined that increased activation of the TGF-beta-IL-6 axis is driving all these phenotypes. Important drugs targeting teh IL-6 signaling pathway are currently available. They are now focused on seeking to understand the efficacy of these drugs in a pre-clinical model, that will hopefully lead to the development of new lung cancer clinical trials.

In 2011 we began assisting in the funding of a pediatric brain cancer project directed by Marc Symons, PhD at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research of North Shore. Current therapies for the most common malignant childhood brain tumor, medulloblastoma in particular radiation therapy have long term side effects, including marked nerocognitive difficulties. Marc's lab has initiated a program to identify medulloblastoma radio-resistance genes and characterize their functions. Hopefully the identified radio-resistance genes will provide us with new drug targets for the development of more effective therapies for medulloblastoma.

Swim Across America has been funding the 'Stacey Leondis Fellowship' - research into the development of a targeted therapy for osteosarcoma, an adolescent bone cancer supervised by Dr. Richard Gorlick at Children's Hospital at Montefiore, since 2006. SAA-Nassau-Suffolk will continue funding Dr. Gorlick's research now that he is the division head and department chair of Pediatrics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.


If this is your first time participating 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 swimmer 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
734 Franklin Ave #301
Garden City, NY 11530

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


Interested in being a SAA - Nassau-Suffolk Sponsor?

If you'd like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please review this Sponsorship Guide or email us.


If you'd like to get involved, but aren't quite ready to jump in the open water, come to one of our public pool events where you can swim at your own pace and select your own distance. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Nassau County Aquatic Center Pool Swim

Nassau County Aquatic Center
Date: July 22, 2020

Lynbrook Pool Swim

Lynbrook Pool
Date: TBA

Life Time Pool Swim

Life Time Fitness Center
Date: TBA


Many of our local clubs and teams provide pool swims for their members and their guests. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Mid Island Y JCC Dolphins Swim

Mid Island Y JCC
Date: January 19, 2020

Centerport and Huntington Yacht Club Swim

Centerport Yacht Club
Date: TBA

HYB Pool Swim

Huntington YMCA
Date: TBA

Long Island Swimming Pool Swim

Long Island Aquatic Center
Date: TBA

Garden City Pool Swim

Garden City Pool
Date: TBA

North Hempstead Country Club

North Hempstead Country Club
Date: July 17, 2020

Rockville Pool Swim

Rockville Pool
Date: TBA

Plandome Pool Swim

Plandome Pool
Date: TBA

Silver Point Beach Club Pool Swim

Silver Point Beach Club
Date: TBA

Harborfields and Smithtown Pool Swim

Harborfields Pool
Date: TBA

South Side Pool Swim

Nassau County Aquatic Center
Date: TBA

Syosset Pool Swim

Syosset Pool
Date: TBA

Team Suffolk Pool Swim

Team Suffolk Pool
Date: TBA

St. Agnes CYO Pool Swim

Nassau County Aquatic Center
Date: TBA

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