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2022 Richmond Open Water Swim

Team River City

The River City Masters Group, friends, and family “Team River City” are joining forces again this year for the 4th Annual Swim Across America (SAA) open water swim in the James River. SAA Richmond has an aggressive goal this year to raise $100,000 to support cutting-edge cancer research at the Massey Cancer Center.

This event is very near and dear to many of our hearts! Several members of our team are swimming to honor survivors, those currently battling cancer, and loved ones that have passed:

George Sushkoff – honoring his mother who lost her battle to cancer in 2003 and his dear friend Becky Prickett who is battling cancer now.

John Vivadelli – honoring his sister Angela, a 25-year next door neighbor Pierce Rucker, and a lifelong friend Dave D'Andrea who all passed due to cancer, and Pierce's wife Leslie who is heroically battling cancer

Erica Burgess – honoring her mother, father and grandmother who are all cancer survivors.

Andy Grayson – honoring his mother who lost her battle to cancer 11 years ago

Spencer Spevak – honoring her grandfather who passed away in 2021

Marty Hammer – diagnosed with cancer in 2019, currently cancer free and kicking butt! 

In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. SAA exists to defeat these statistics and the good news is that every year, millions of Americans are beating cancer through dramatic advancements in treatments—many of which were developed in part through grants from SAA.

SAA is a national organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention, and treatment through swimming-related events. Since its inception in 1987, SAA has raised more than $100 million, leveraged an additional $200 million, and currently has 24 swims throughout the country. Recently, SAA was recognized as one of the original investors in Keytruda, the first FDA approved cancer treatment that specifically targets a tumor’s biomarkers. It is one of the immunotherapy drugs that is currently revolutionizing cancer treatment.

Please join us in “Making Waves Against Cancer”! Team River City has set an aggressive fundraising goal of $15,000. If you are not able to join us for this swim event, please support our team by making a gift. Thank you for helping make an impact in the fight to find a cure!

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You can make a donation online by clicking on the 'Donate Now' button on this page. 


If you prefer to donate via check, please send check donations to Swim Across America - Richmond, 4161 Traylor Drive, Richmond, VA 23235. 


Check should be made out to Swim Across America but please include a note mentioning our team or the swimmer you are supporting!




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