On Saturday, June 24, 2017, more than 300 swimmers made waves in the fight to defeat cancer at the 11th annual Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim. The Swim, usually held in the open water in Long Island Sound at ACGT headquarters, was relocated to the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich due to inclement weather. However, being inside and swimming in a pool did not dampen the spirits of the swimmers and volunteers who joined together and raised more than $370,000 for ACGT. Swimmers will continue to raise funds throughout the summer with the goal of raising $500,000. To donate and/or hold your own pool fundraiser to support the cause, visit swimacrossamerica.org/Greenwich.
Funds raised from the 2017 Greenwich-Stamford Swim will support two ACGT investigators: Dr. Samuel Katz of Yale University, who is studying the use of RNA in immunotherapy for blood cancers; and Dr. Crystal Mackall of Stamford University, who is focusing on immunotherapy to treat osteosarcoma. Over the past 11 years, the Greenwich-Stamford Swim Across America event has raised more than $3.4 million to support seven ACGT-funded scientists working on safer and more effective ways to treat cancer.
Team Julian is currently the highest fundraising team locally and nationally with 80+ participants swimming in memory of Julian Fraser. A 2014 Greenwich High School graduate, swim and water polo team captain, Julian sadly lost his 11-month battle with osteosarcoma earlier this year. As of June 30, Team Julian has raised nearly $85,000 and is still going strong with an overall goal of raising $100,000.
Alec Fraser, father of Julian Fraser, was the honored speaker at the event. He emphasized the importance of raising funds for cancer research and that there has been progress in osteosarcoma therapies even since Julian’s diagnosis. Alec stated that even though Julian disease had progressed too far for him to enter a clinical trial, he and his family are now hopeful that sarcoma patients will have access to more effective treatments. Alec also noted how fitting it was that the Swim was moved to the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, as that is where Julian learned to swim as a child.
To learn more about how you can raise funds for SAA and help them reach their $500,000 goal, visit swimacrossamerica.org/Greenwich.
About Swim Across America
Swim Across America, Inc. (SAA) is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, Swim Across America is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service. To learn more visit swimacrossamerica.org/greenwich or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Photos courtesy of ChiChi Ubina.