Swim Across America Returns to Lake Washington on Saturday, Sept. 10, benefiting Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
SEATTLE, Aug. 22, 2011 /NewsRelease/ - Pacific Northwest fitness enthusiasts are invited to join a team of Olympic swimmers for the third annual Swim Across America Seattle, featuring the choice of a two-mile or half-mile swim in Lake Washington on Saturday, Sept. 10, to benefit Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. In addition, kids 11 and under are invited to a 50-meter freestyle open-water Kids’ Splash.
Swim Across America Seattle is part of Swim Across America (www.swimacrossamerica.org), an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events. The two-mile swim begins at Mercer Island’s Mercerwood Shore Club (8 a.m. start); the half-mile swim begins at Luther Burbank Park’s swim beach (8:30 a.m.), also on Mercer Island, where both will finish. All participants and volunteers are invited to a post-swim celebration and award ceremony at the swim beach. Participating past Olympic medalists include U.S. swimmers Mary Wayte, Jeff Float, Emily Silver and Janel Jorgensen, among others, along with a special appearance by Canadian Olympian Chris Chalmers.
Interested swimmers can learn more and register at www.swimacrossamerica.org/seattle. Each adult swimmer is responsible for a registration fee of $50, which applies toward a minimum fundraising requirement of $300. Swimmers can also form teams in honor or memory of someone who has battled cancer.
“Swim Across America Seattle has become a regional tradition for swimmers and volunteers, as well as a strong part of our nationwide push to raise much-needed funding for cancer research, treatment and prevention,” said Janel Jorgensen, a 1988 Olympic silver medalist and president of the Swim Across America organization. “Once again, we are thrilled to be working with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a very worthy organization that shares our commitment to the fight against cancer.”
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance unites the adult and pediatric cancer-care services of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s. Contributions from this year’s event support research and treatment for pancreas cancer patients as well as research in the Cellular Therapy Lab, which helps to improve the ability of SCCA to treat blood cancers including leukemia and lymphoma.
“We are pleased to celebrate the third year of Swim Across America Seattle. We are impressed and humbled by the hard work and commitment of our volunteers, donors, swimmers and Olympians,” said Norm Hubbard, executive vice president of SCCA. “Their support of our clinicians and researchers significantly contributes toward the huge strides in cancer research, prevention and treatment being made here at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.”
In the past 25 years, Swim Across America has raised more than $35 million for the nation’s top cancer institutions, involving current and former Olympians and thousands of swimmers and volunteers.
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