In July 2021, Elizabeth’s heart broke into a million pieces when her father lost his battle to pancreatic cancer. His name was Ted Beisel. Elizabeth organized a fundraising swim for cancer research with Swim Across America in honor of her father’s brutal fight with the disease. Her successful 20km (12.5mi) swim to Block Island called Block Cancer raised historic funds and awareness for cancer research. Today, Block Cancer is a brand that has been sold worldwide, and something we know Ted would be extremely proud of.
At Block Cancer, we are proud to say we donate 90% of net profits to cancer research and clinical trials through the non-profit Swim Across America.
Proceeds from Block Cancer will continue to support clinical trials and pancreatic cancer research through Swim Across America.
On September 25th, 2021, three-time Olympian Elizabeth Beisel completed the 10.4-mile ocean swim from mainland Rhode Island to Block Island. Elizabeth partnered with Swim Across America for “Block Cancer” to honor her father, Ted Beisel, who passed in 2021 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Elizabeth became the first woman to successfully complete the swim raising over $160,000.
In addition to the $160,000 Elizabeth raised, Swim Across America raised an additional $500,000, with appreciation to the Lustgarten Foundation, to create a $660,000 grant bucket. The $660,000 is being applied to three grants to fight pancreatic cancer in honor of Ted Beisel:
a) A $60,000 grant to Dr. Peter Yu (NYU) pancreatic research metabolism study was awarded in 2022
b) A $300,000 grant to Dr. Ajay Goel (City of Hope) to conduct research for pancreatic detection was awarded in 2023
c) A $300,000 grant for pancreatic research will be announced in April of 2024
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