More than 200 swimmers and volunteers are set to participate in the ninth annual Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim Saturday morning.
The Swim will be held on the Greenwich-Stamford border at 96 Cummings Point Road, Stamford, Connecticut, on the shores of the headquarters for the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT), the beneficiary of this year’s swim and the nation’s only non-profit foundation dedicated exclusively to funding cancer gene therapy research.
There are three open water swims at Saturday’s event: a 3-mile swim, a 1.5-mile swim, and a shorter half-mile swim.
Swimmers range in age from nine years old to 82 years old and include everyone from amateurs to Olympic athletes.
Michele Graham and Lorrie Lorenz, both mothers of teenage cancer survivors, chair this inspirational event. Honorary co-chairs of the Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford event are Olympic Gold medalist Donna de Varona and her husband John Pinto, John and Cindy Sites, Mary Henry and Howard Rubin, and Arlene and Reuben Mark.
Swim Across America to date has raised more than $60 million in the fight against cancer with swims throughout the United States since its founding in 1987 by Darien, Connecticut resident Matt Vossler and Fairfield resident Jeff Keith. Proceeds of the fundraising efforts will support cancer research grants administered by ACGT, which uses 100 percent of all funds raised to support the research grants.
Special thanks to the generous sponsors who have made the Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford event possible and include: Geneve Corporation, CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, Letarte Swimwear Greenwich, Turq Swimbrief, Serendipity, Upper Crust Bagel Company, Westy Self Storage, Conair Corporation, Beres Brooks, Richards of Greenwich, the Barbara and Edward Netter Foundation, Go Figure, Kings, BTIG Finis, Kellogg’s, Kiss My Face, Nestle Pure, Swim Outlet, Swim Swam and Columbus Circle Investors.
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 Twitter at SAAGreenwich or Instagram at SAAGreenwich.