It has been a banner summer for Swim Across America Long Island Sound Chapter (SAA-LIS), which recently held seven fundraising pool swims and an open water swim to raise funds for cutting-edge cancer research, prevention and treatment, as well as support services through Westchester-based Cancer Support Team. This year the SAA-LIS chapter has exceeded its past record, raising $1.3 million with donations continuing to come in daily.
“It has been a record-breaking year for SAA-LIS, and I couldn’t be prouder of the hundreds of swimmers, kayakers, and volunteers who have given so much of their time, energy and passion to help in the fight against cancer,” says Tony Sibio, executive director of SAA-LIS. “Everyone involved understands that cancer doesn’t discriminate and that their contributions help make cutting-edge research possible. They are giving hope to those with cancer and making a real difference.”
Proceeds from the swims will support immunotherapy research at the Swim Across America Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, pediatric oncology research at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and patient services with Westchester-based Cancer Support Team.
During SAA-LIS’s 27th annual open water swim, which took place on July 27, Merck, one of Swim Across America’s national sponsors, also announced a $2 million contribution to the national non-profit. Merck’s support of Swim Across America now totals $5 million including a $3 million charitable donation announced in 2017. The contributions allow Swim Across America to further expand its charity swim program to raise more funds for cancer research.
Donations are welcome throughout the year and can be sent to SAA-Long Island Sound, P.O. Box 217, Larchmont, NY 10538.
Swim Across America, Inc. was founded in 1987 and has raised over $70 million for cancer research and prevention programs at the country’s finest hospitals and managed-care facilities. Since Swim Across America’s inception, it has grown from having a single event in Nantucket, MA, to 15 open water benefit swims across the country and 100 annual pool swims.
For more information about Swim Across America Long Island Chapter, call 914-769-8411 or visit www.swimacrossamerica.org/long_island.
Photos courtesy of Lily Moureaux.