ACGT Swim Across America 2017



Greenwich, CTJune 24, 2017

On Saturday, June 24, 2017, more than 300 swimmers made waves in the fight to defeat cancer in the 11th annual Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim. The swim, usually held in the open water in Long Island Sound, was relocated to the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich due to inclement weather. However, being inside and swimming in a pool didn’t dampen the spirits of the swimmers and volunteers who joined together and raised more than$385,000 for the Swim’s beneficiary, the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT).

In the past 11 years, the Greenwich-Stamford Swim Across America event has raised more than $3.4 million to support several ACGT-funded scientists working on better ways to treat cancer. ACGT, headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, is the nation’s only non-profit dedicated to funding cancer cell, gene and immunotherapy research, and is unique in that 100 percent of donations go directly into cancer research grants. This year’s Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim supports ACGT grants to Dr. Samuel Katz, an assistant professor of pathology at Yale University who is studying the use of immunotherapy using RNA to attack cancer cells in blood cancers; and Dr. Crystal Mackall, associate director of Stanford Cancer Institute, the director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at Stanford, and director of the Cancer Immunotherapy Program, Department of Pediatrics at Stanford Cancer Center, who is using the ACGT Swim Across America grant to focus on immunotherapy to treat osteosarcoma.

 

Swim Across America, Inc. (SAA) is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events.  With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, Swim Across America is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service.  To learn more visit swimacrossamerica.org/greenwich or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

 

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