STAMFORD, Conn. -- More than 200 swimmers and close to 100 land volunteers and boaters will make waves to defeat cancer on Saturday, June 25, during the 10th annual Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim, being held on the border of Greenwich and Stamford at 96 Cummings Point Road.
Taking the plunge for 10 years in a row are several swimmers whohave dedicated themselves to the mission of Swim Across America and are swimming in honor of friends and loved ones who have been touched by cancer.
In 2016 alone, 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the US. This staggering statistic offers compelling proof of the need to continue devising new approaches to research and treatment. Whether it is through swimming, volunteering, giving or cheering on loved ones, Swim Across America welcomes anyone and everyone who wants to be a part of the fight against cancer.
“I participated in the first Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim 10 years ago because my friend Jacque Lang, former co-chair of the event, asked me to participate,” said Victoria Dinkel of Ridgefield. “Despite having never swam a lap in a pool, let alone 1.5 miles in open water, there was something intriguing about trying something new. Jacque and her sister, Olympic swimmer Janel Jorgensen McArdle, gave me a freestyle swim lesson as my three small children sat poolside cheering."
Since that first swim, Dinkel said it seems that there is someone new to swim for each year. This year, she is swimming for her mother Catherine Clark, who was diagnosed with AML leukemia.
During the event, participants of all ages and skill levels choose their open-water distance: 1/2 mile, 1.5 mile, or a 3-mile. Or they can volunteer as a boater, kayaker or land volunteer. Proceeds from the swim will support Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, the nation’s only foundation dedicated exclusively to funding cancer gene therapy research.
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