This Saturday, the Darien High School Blue Wave swim and dive teams might be taking part within the 12th annual Swim Across America Swim.
This is the second yr the teams have joined the trigger as a bunch to make waves within the combat towards most cancers collectively, however a lot of its swimmers have been concerned for a number of years. The crew is led by Darien High School instructor and coach Marjorie Trifone.
“This is the third year I am swimming in Swim Across America. This year I am challenging myself to swim threemiles in the Long Island Sound on June 23rd,” Kendall Luecke said. “I would like to help see the day where no one has to struggle with cancer. In our lifetime, one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer. I joined the Swim Across America community so that, together, we can change that. I am challenging myself by swimming in the Greenwich-Stamford Open Water Swim and raising as much money to fight cancer as I can.”
Co-team captain Cassandra Maroney is swimming the three-mile course in honor of her Grandpa, Jack Maroney, a pores and skin most cancers survivor and her Grandma, Nancy Tapley, a uterine most cancers survivor.
Owen Brannigan is swimming for the fifth yr in Swim Across America.
“I’m excited as ever to contribute to the push towards gene therapy research,” Brannigan said. “This year I will be joining the Darien High School girl swim team and wouldn’t be surprised if I finished dead last after all of them. Regardless of my current poor swimming shape I am pumped to be back for another year of Swim Across America. This year I am swimming in honor of Kevin Cassidy who passed away on May 10th, 2017, after a long and tough fought battle against lung cancer. Mr. Cassidy was a great father, coach and friend to me and my family and I fondly remember our times on Shelter Island, the house basketball court and at St. Thomas Moore. In his memory I urge everyone reading this fundraising page to donate and support our team and Swim Across America. We’re making waves to find a cure.”
Swim Across America has some deep Darien roots. It was co-founded by Darien resident Matt Vossler and his lifelong pal and school roommate Jeff Keith in 1987. Today, Matt is answerable for security on the swims and sits on the Board within the position as Governance chair. He might be on the June 23rd Greenwich-Stamford Swim.
In the previous 12 years, the Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford occasion has raised greater than $three.four million for essential assist of the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT).
One hundred % of all Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford funds donated to ACGT go immediately to assist most cancers cell and gene remedy analysis. The Swim has supported 9 completely different scientists over the previous 11 years.
This yr’s swim will increase funds to assist 4 ACGT scientists: Crystal Mackall, MD, of Stanford University School of Medicine, who’s engaged on immunotherapy therapies for osteosarcoma; Samuel Katz, MD, PhD, at Yale University who’s engaged on novel new immunotherapy therapies for blood cancers; Greg Delgoffe, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, who’s engaged on immune-based remedy and vaccines for melanoma; and Nori Kasahara, MD, PhD, of the University of Miami who’s engaged on virotherapy for mind most cancers.
Today, Swim Across America has raised greater than $75 million within the combat towards most cancers. More than 120 Olympians assist Swim Across America, together with Michael Phelps, Craig Beardsley, Donna De Varona (a honorary Greenwich-Stamford co-chair), Rowdy Gaines, Janel Jorgensen McArdle (who grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut), Bobby Hackett, Ryan Lochte, Glenn Mills, Christina Teuscher and many extra.
Co-chairs of the annual Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford swim are Michele Graham of Old Greenwich, whose 21 year-old daughter Nicole is at the moment present process therapy for relapsed leukemia, of which she was recognized when she was 16; and Lorrie Lorenz of Riverside, Connecticut, whose daughter Brooke has been shut to seven years cancer-free from lymphoma. Both Nicole and Brooke graduated from Greenwich High School.
Honorary co-chairs of the Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford occasion are Olympic Gold medalist Donna de Varona and her husband John Pinto, John and Cindy Sites, Mary Henry and Howard Rubin, Arlene and Reuben Mark, and Richards of Greenwich.
For these fascinated by taking part in Saturday’s Swim, go to http://www.swimacrossamerica.org/greenwich. It’s by no means too late to donate, swim or volunteer. Pool swims and digital swims are additionally out there