Since 1985 Swim Across America (SAA) has been dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment by organizing swimming-related events all over the country. The SAA community is made up of a dedicated network of volunteers, and past and present Olympic swimmers, family and friends who donate their time and money in the pursuit of finding a cure for cancer. On Saturday September 7, Lake Washington will again be home to the annual Swim Across America–Seattle with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance as the beneficiary.
To date, Swim Across America–Seattle has raised nearly $2.5 million. These funds go to SCCA’s Pancreatic Cancer Specialty Clinic and the Swim Across America Cellular Therapy Lab. Pancreatic cancer is the tenth most common cancer in men and women--it’s a cancer that’s both hard to detect and treat. Swim Across America-Seattle supports SCCA researchers to better understand pancreas cancer through the collection and analysis of pancreas tumors as well as funding for research studies.
The Swim Across America Cellular Therapy Lab is responsible for all therapeutic cell processing at SCCA, including support for the more than 500 bone marrow transplants that take place every year at SCCA. The lab also provides support for the many clinical trials taking place at SCCA and at SCCA’s partner organizations.
At Swim Across America–Seattle, participants have the option to swim a ½ mile, 1 mile or 2 mile distance and can swim solo or form a team. Children ages 11 and under are also invited to take part in a 50-meter freestyle swim. Not a swimmer? Not a problem! You can sponsor a swimmer, make a general donation or volunteer at the event.