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Swim across America to make waves against cancer

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and the national non-profit organization Swim Across America (SAA) will make a splash in the fight against cancer this summer with the third open water fundraising swim on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. The one-and-a-half-mile swims will be held at Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett. Registration is now open for teams and individuals.

“The swims are a great way for people to come together and participate in a sport they love alongside Olympic swimming legends while raising critical funds for Women & Infants Hospital,” says 1988 Olympic Silver Medallist Janel Jorgensen, executive director of the organization.

The one-mile competitive ocean swim starts at 9 a.m., and half-mile swimmers run into the water at 9:15 a.m. All participants must raise a minimum of $250 each. The minimum age for participation is 12.

This year, the event will also enlist the support of “virtual” swimmers who either can’t swim, don’t want to swim in the ocean or cannot be there for the swim. They also need to raise a minimum of $250 to participate.

Swim Across America is a non-profit corporation that runs events from Boston to San Francisco to support cancer research at the country’s finest hospitals and institutions. Proceeds from the Rhode Island swim go directly to Women & Infants Hospital, the largest and most diverse oncology service for women in the Northeast, providing a broad spectrum of care for gynecological and breast cancers. It has evolved into a world-renowned, multi-disciplinary facility where clinicians uncover key answers to the questions of cancer, and focus on the needs of the patients and families.

“The funds raised by the first and second Swim Across America events have been used to further the research being done by staff in Women & Infants’ Program in Women’s Oncology into the causes and potential treatments and even cures for ovarian cancer,” noted Cornelius “Skip” Granai III, MD, director of the Program in Women’s Oncology. “These research efforts are critical to the thousands of women who will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year and we are grateful to the dedication Swim Across America has shown to these patients.”

Every stroke makes a difference in the fight against cancer. For more information, email Kitty Tetreault at kitty@swimacrossamerica.org or visit www.swimacrossamerica.org. For more information about the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants, visit womenandinfants.org.


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