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The Mission Doesn't Stop! Anyone that is passionate about cancer research and wants to continue to support SAA - St. Louis and Siteman Cancer Center can participate in their own personal challenge all year. Stay tuned for the best yet to come for SAA-St. Louis in 2021!

  • Proceeds from the event will support immunotherapy clinical trials and research at Siteman Cancer Center.

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The Mission Doesn't Stop! We've reached the coast to coast finish line, but we can keep fighting cancer. Anyone that is passionate about cancer research and wants to continue to support SAA - St. Louis and Siteman Cancer Center can participate in their own personal challenge all year.

How can I still support SAA-St. Louis?

  • Register and recruit friends to join you in your own personal challenge for SAA-St. Louis. Anyone that is passionate about cancer research can participate all year!
  • Check the SAA Matching Gifts Portal for any donations that can be matched by companies.
  • Continue fundraising to support life-saving research at Siteman Cancer Center all year. Connect your SAA page to Facebook and use our Fundraising Messages and Social Media shareables.
  • Spread the word about Swim Across America and bring a new friend in 2021!!

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.

Over the past 4 years SAA - St. Louis' Open Water Swim event, hosted by Innsbrook Resort, has raised over $625,000 to support cutting edge research right here in St. Louis at Siteman Cancer Center. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we are unable to host our live in-person event this summer. However, we are offering a virtual 'Coast to Coast' Challenge as a way for swimmers, non-swimmers, volunteers, family and friends to continue to Make Waves Against Cancer.

The Swim Across America: Coast to Coast Challenge is a virtual activity tracking and fundraising challenge where participants will work together to travel across America with a mission to support cancer research and clinical trials. Participants can choose their own activity goals that will support a virtual SAA swimmer to move across America. The virtual route will travel to each Swim Across America open water event city (21 ‘stops’) for a 7,686 mile journey.

Participants can contribute to progress along the route by logging activity miles or hours, and by raising funds to support your local Swim Across America beneficiary. Cancer is not taking a Holiday this year, and neither are we. You don’t have to be a swimmer to be a part of this great cause. This year, we can all go the distance together!

If you have any event questions, please contact Kathy. For marketing or social media, contact Bill.
Challenge updates at our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/swimstl/

 

 

 

COAST TO COAST CHALLENGE INFO

 

 

 

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Swim Across America-St. Louis will be participating in Coast to Coast - a virtual activity tracking and fundraising challenge where participants will work together to travel across America with a mission to support cancer research. Participants can choose their own activity and goals that will support Team SAA-St. Louis move across America. Activities can include a walk, bike ride, run, swim or any favorite physical activity in any safe location in your local community. You can even log volunteering or cancer treatment hours! The virtual route will travel to each Swim Across America open water event city (21 ‘stops’) for a 7,686 mile journey. Tracking will begin June 22nd. Learn the details here.

 

 

 

CHALLENGE DETAILS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Questions about participating in Coast to Coast? All your answers can be found in Frequently Asked Questions.

COAST TO COAST COURSE MAP

The full course map and distances for all legs can be found here.

COAST TO COAST FUNDRAISING TOOLKIT

You can find some new and inspiring fundraising messages crafted for 2020 as well as shareable graphics for Instagram, Facebook and your Participant Center to boost your fundraising for the 'Coast to Coast' challenge here.

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SWIM ACROSS AMERICA 2020 COMMEMORATIVE SHIRT

All 2020 SAA - St. Louis participants will receive the 2020 commemorative shirt as a thank you for their support and commitment to Swim Across America. This shirt features the slogan "The Mission Doesn't Stop" on the front - a reference to 34 years and counting of impact we've had 'Making Waves To Fight Cancer' with all the SAA cities on back. The tri-blend shirt comes in blue to recognize our frontline heroes in hospitals and research centers in this unprecedented year.

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PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS

Registration and Fundraising:

To Join the Coast to Coast 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. We are all working together as an event to travel coast to coast, but you can still choose to register as an individual or as a part of a fundraising team. Teams can be an inspirational way to honor a loved one and motivate your family and friends to register with you!

 

Already registered for SAA - St. Louis? Great! No need to change your registration. You are already eligible to participate in the activity tracking challenge.

 

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. Proceeds from the challenge will support cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center.

HOW TO FUNDRAISE

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 - St. Louis
PO Box 490
O'Fallon, IL 62269

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

SPONSORSHIPS

Interested in Sponsoring SAA - St. Louis?

Swim Across America - St. Louis welcomes individual and corporate sponsors to join with us in creating a memorable event for an important cause — benefiting the Siteman Cancer Center. If you have an interest in being a sponsor for this event, please review this guide or contact Kathy Denton if you have more questions or inquiries.

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