‘Swim’ set for Saturday

The annual Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim, will be held Saturday, June 30 and swimmers of all ages are invited to make a big splash for cancer research, prevention and treatment.

Swim Across America holds numerous swimming events throughout the United States each year. This is the sixth year the swim has been held in Greenwich-Stamford and it benefits the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT), the nation’s only non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to funding cancer cell and gene therapy research. ACGT is headquartered on the Greenwich/Stamford border and serves as the start and finish line for the Swim.

Town resident and WABC-TV meteorologist Bill Evans will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event. Olympic swimmers Janel Jorgensen McArdle, Craig Beardsley and Glenn Mills are all expected to be on hand.

There are several different swim options including a half-mile or a 1.5 mile swim, or a three or five-mile challenge. And new this year is a “corporate pool challenge” that allows swimmers to swim different distances and fundraise based on how many lengths of the pool they complete.

For more information, visit SwimAcrossAmerica.org, e-mail [email protected] or call 888-SWIM-USA.

The Swim will unite recreational swimmers, competitive swimmers, Master swimmers, Olympians, kayakers, boaters and hundreds of volunteers all committed to pursuing a cure for this devastating disease.

Locally, the Greenwich-Stamford Swims have raised a total of $1 million for the Connecticut beneficiary, the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT). Nationally, Swim Across America has raised more than $40 million for cancer research, prevention and treatment.

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