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These times are filled with uncertainty, but one thing remains true:
groundbreaking cancer research needs funding to save lives.
This year, help us raise money by "making waves to fight cancer" anyway you can with
Personal Challenge 2020.
Choose your activity and goal: walk, run, golf, swim, kayak, bike, dance, climb.
Everyone of every age can participate - as an individual, team or family.

Register today!
Need ideas of what your personal challenge can be? Read further down.

  • Proceeds from our events support Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, the nation’s only foundation dedicated exclusively to funding cancer gene therapy research.

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The Personal Challenge 2020 event starts immediately and runs all summer. Our “socially-distanced" pick-up for the 2020 commemorative T-shirt, prizes, and special treat is currently scheduled for early August.

Established in 2008, the SAA - Fairfield County swim has donated $4.165 million over 13 years to Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. 100% of funds contributed by Swim Across America to ACGT go directly to research.

Even in these uncertain times, we are still making waves to fight cancer. As we navigate COVID-19, SAA has created a special webpage with helpful information and ways all across our organization that we continue to support our mission.

If you have any questions about SAA - Fairfield County, please contact Michele Graham or Nancy Carr.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 2020 INFO
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WHAT: This year the SAA-FC Personal Challenge 2020 replaces our open water swim. All can participate in this ‘any-activity, fund-raising challenge’ as we “make virtual waves to fight cancer.” Here are some ideas for your 2020 Personal Challenge:

  • Over the summer: Swim 50 miles, Walk/Run/Hike 100 miles, Bike 500 miles
  • Run your own 5K
  • Kayak/paddle board (individually or as a group)
  • Climb a mountain
  • Volunteer for a COVID-related cause, a soup kitchen or food pantry
  • Cancer treatment (count the time spent fighting cancer!)
  • Golf 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, family or team challenge,... your choice!

WHERE: Anywhere you want, with your team, family or individually.

HOW: Just two easy steps:
*Anyone already registered as a volunteer or swimmer will be automatically changed to the Personal Challenge 2020. NO NEED to reregister.

1. Register either individually or under your Team name.

2. For this year, instead of our usual registration fee, we ask that you make a small $25 personal donation. You will receive a commemorative 2020 SAA T-Shirt to be picked up at a date in early August, information to follow.

That’s it! Now set up your fundraising profile page and fundraise what you can, if you can. There are no fundraising minimums this year.

Personally challenge yourself and others to get out there and swim, kayak, walk, run, bike, golf, play tennis—any activity you want.

Check back here frequently as we post updates about our August celebration.

CHALLENGE DETAILS
PERSONAL CHALLENGE FUNDRAISING TOOLKIT

You can find some new and inspiring fundraising messages and social media shareables crafted for 2020 and your participation in the personal challenge here.

SWIM ACROSS AMERICA 2020 COMMEMORATIVE SHIRT

All 2020 SAA - Fairfield County 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 Personal Challenge 2020, there is a small personal DONATION of $25 to get you started. You can still choose to register as an individual or as a part of a fundraising team/family. Teams can be an inspirational way to honor a loved one and motivate your family and friends to register with you! And while we will encourage you to fundraise, there is NO Fundraising Minimum to participate.

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

HOW TO FUNDRAISE

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 ACGT.

If this is your first time participating in Swim Across America 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
c/o Jacque Lang
14 Little Ridge Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877

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

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)

TO BECOME A SPONSOR
BENEFICIARY

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SAA - Fairfield County has granted over $4.165 million to Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy since 2006. Based in Stamford, CT, ACGT is the only charitable organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to funding and fostering research into cell and gene therapies for cancer.

2020 GRANT AMOUNT: $365,000

GRANT RECIPIENT: Noriyuki Kasahara, MD, Ph.D., Principal Investigator at the Brain Tumor Center at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)(Profile)

PROJECT: Virotherapy for Glioblastoma

“I am extremely grateful to ACGT and Swim Across America for funding this next phase of our work,” says Dr. Kasahara. “At a time when federal funding has become scarce, it’s wonderful and inspiring to see private foundations like ACGT step up to support the potential of innovative science. Together, we will continue our fight to find better ways to help cancer patients.”.

Read more about the project impact here.

POOL SWIMS

Check back for announcement about pool swims.

METERS FOR A CURE ERG CHALLENGE

Meters for a Cure ERG Challenge (Rowing Event)

Greenwich Water Club
Date: TBA 2020

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