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TEAM HOPE Swims to Fight Cancer

For the sixth consecutive summer, the swimmers, kayakers, and volunteers of the local Swim Across America team, TEAM HOPE, have combined to “make waves to fight cancer.”

Despite the difficult economy, generous neighbors have, once again, enabled TEAM HOPE to have a real impact. On Wednesday, Aug. 5, 38 TEAM HOPE pool swimmers each swam one mile at the Nassau County Aquatic Center. They raised over $19,000 to support cancer research, treatment and prevention. Then, on Saturday, Aug. 15, 21 open water swimmers plunged into LI Sound for a one-mile or 5k swim. In the process, they raised over $56,000. In all, TEAM HOPE has raised over $75,000 this summer. Because of the generosity of corporate sponsors, 100 percent of the funds raised by TEAM HOPE will go directly to support the Swim Across America lab at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and the MSKCC Treatment Facility at Mercy Hospital and other cancer related charities. Since its inception in 2004, TEAM HOPE has now raised over $420,000 for its beneficiaries.

If you would like more information, go to www.swimacrossamerica.org/nassau/suffolk