Rich Whelpley of Plymouth has joined Swim Across America to make a splash for pediatric cancer survivorship programs at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The 19th annual Boston Harbor 22-mile relay swim is Friday, July 13, and the 15th annual DCR Nantasket Beach one-mile and half-mile swim is Saturday, July 14.
“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 the David. B. Perini Jr., Quality of Life Clinic at Dana-Farber,” says 1988 Olympic Silver Medalist Janel Jorgensen McArdle, executive director of Swim Across America. “This year Craig Beardsley and Daniel Waters are among the Olympians scheduled to swim with us.”
Every stroke and dollar makes a difference in the fight against cancer. The Boston Harbor swim is an all day event that starts from behind the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf. Swimmers pledge a minimum of $1,500 to participate. Swimmers taking part in the one and half-mile competitive ocean swims at DCR Nantasket Beach in Hull must raise a minimum of $250 each.
Swim Across America is a non-profit corporation that runs swimming events from Boston to San Francisco to support cancer research, prevention and treatment at some of the country’s finest institutions. Proceeds from the Boston-area swims go directly to the David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic at Dana-Farber, where experts help pediatric cancer survivors with an array of issues they face after completing cancer treatment. Every stroke makes a difference in the fight against cancer. For more information, email Kitty Tetreault at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.swimacrossamerica.org.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (www.dana-farber.org) is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and is among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States. It is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. It provides adult cancer care with Brigham and Women’s Hospital as Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and it provides pediatric care with Children’s Hospital Boston as Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. Dana-Farber is the top ranked cancer center in New England, according to U.S. News & World Report, and one of the largest recipients among independent hospitals of National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health grant funding.Follow Dana-Farber on Twitter: @danafarberFollow Dana-Farber on Facebook: www.facebook.com/danafarbercancerinstitute