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2024 Seattle Open Water Swim

Team Coach John - OCA

Founded in 1987, Swim Across America has hosted charity swims with one goal: to raise money for innovative cancer research that would lead to breakthrough treatments and therapies. Since then, Swim Across America has raised over $100M to fund the next generation of pioneers in oncology and cancer-support care.

Team John was created in remembrance of Coach John Walker and the support of all cancer patients. John Walker was a co-founder of Olympic Cascade Aquatics, a year-round swim team that advocates swimming as a lifetime sport to its community. He also was a Senior age group Head Coach. Coach John is remembered as a positive, kind, empowering and strong, human and coach. He believed in always building up and supporting each other in a way that makes us better swimmers and people. John passed away in August of 2018 due to cancer. His legacy and beliefs will always be honored and never forgotten. Team John wants to support Swim Across America in raising the funds to fight cancer and strive for a world where, when cancer patients receive a diagnosis they don't have to wonder if they will survive. Coach John always used to say, "Swim Fast and Have Fun." We are going to live out John's motto and do exactly just that. And raise funds to fight cancer in the process! No one fights cancer alone. If you are able, please support us by making a donation to help us reach our fundraising goal.


Thank you for helping us #MakeWavesToFightCancer!

If you have any questions regarding Team John, please reach out!

~Contact Reese Hardisty or Olivia Gass (Captains)

Reese Hardisty email:

Olivia Gass email:

~DM us on Instagram through our Team account!

Instagram account: saa_teamjohn2024

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, 8508 Park Rd. #389, Charlotte, NC 28210

Checks 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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