Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In 2017, Merck & Co., Inc., an American pharmaceutical company, gave Swim Across America the largest single donation in open water swimming history with a US$3 million cash contribution.

Those funds will be used to fund continued cancer research and clinical trials.

Every 15 minutes, 50 Americans are diagnosed with cancer,” commented Rob Butcher, CEO of Swim Across America. “The good news is that more Americans are becoming survivors than ever before, and Swim Across America’s commitment to finding new cures and treatments has been an important catalyst for that progress. We are going to apply Merck’s contribution to better support our existing benefit swims and add new ones with a goal of funding US$100 million into cancer research and clinical trials in the next decade.”

Merck is committed to advancing research and to giving more families hope in the fight against cancer, and we know that that progress can only come from many people and organizations doing their part,” said Jill DeSimone, Senior Vice President, U.S. Oncology at Merck. “Swim Across America has created a program that has inspired thousands of Americans, including many Merck employees, to participate in their benefit swims with the proceeds funding cancer research and clinical trials. We know this contribution will help them do even more to fight cancer.”

I was at our first swim when we raised US$5,000,” commented Craig Beardsley, a 1980 Olympian and Swim Across America supporter of 30 years. “The Swim Across America mission is a testimony to the human spirit of coming together to try to solve a problem that has affected nearly everyone. Merck’s contribution is going to allow us to speed up our ability to add more swims so we can fund even more research projects.”

Since its inception, Swim Across America has granted US$70 million toward cancer research and its grant funding has played a major role in the development of four FDA-approved cancer treatments. More than 100 Olympians have donated their time attending Swim Across America benefit swims and hospital visits.

The success story continues to roll on and gather even more momentum.

Events in the cities of Denver, Colorado and Richmond, Virginia have recently joined the Swim Across America network where open water swims in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Greenwich, Kiawah, Long Island, Nantucket, Rhode Island, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis and Tampa already exist.

For more information on the following Swim Across America events, visit here:

* April 14th in Tampa, Florida

* June 23rd in Greenwich-Stamford, Connecticut

* July 13th in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts

* July 21st in Chicago

* July 28th in Long Island Sound, New York

* August 5th in Charleston-Kiawah, South Carolina

* August 25th in Nantucket, Massachusetts

* August 25th in St. Louis, Missouri

* August 26th in Denver, Colorado

* September 8th in Rhode Island

* September 8th in Seattle, Washington

* September 15th in Charlotte, North Carolina

* September 16th in Baltimore, Maryland

* September 22nd in San Francisco, California

* September 22nd in Dallas, Texas

* September 22nd in Atlanta, Georgia

* October 6th in Richmond, Virginia

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