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Swim Across America Event to Raise Funds for UCSF Child Cancer Care

By Phyllis Brown, UCSF News Services | August 22, 2006

Olympic swimming legends and accomplished swimmers from across the country will participate in a 10-mile-long relay swim around San Francisco Bay on September 23 in the first "Swim Across America San Francisco Swim to Fight Cancer."

Proceeds from pledges collected by the swimmers, as well as online donations, will benefit cancer care at UCSF Children's Hospital.

Over 100 swimmers are expected to participate in the event, including San Franciscan Mark Harrison, who was awarded the gold medal in the 400-medley relay at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and 1996 Olympian Ray Carey, who swam in the 200-meter butterfly.

The UCSF Children's Hospital Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program, directed by pediatric oncologist Robert Goldsby, MD, will be the swim's sole beneficiary. Goldsby will team up with Aimee Sznewajs, the clinical coordinator of the Survivor Program, and swim in the race. To make an online contribution to the "Robert Goldsby and Aimee Sznewajs" team visit Robert Goldsby and Aimee Sznewajs Fund raising Page or to any of the other swimmers visit 2006 Swim Across America San Francisco Relay Swim.

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