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Swim Raises $100,000 for UCSF Children's Hospital Cancer Program

By Phyllis Brown, UCSF Today | September 26, 2006

With the slogan "Making waves to fight cancer" nearly 50 hardy swimmers emerged from the choppy surf onto a windy Crissy Field near the Golden Gate Bridge Saturday afternoon following a daylong, 10-mile relay swim around San Francisco Bay.

It was San Francisco's first "Swim Across America" event to benefit the Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program at UCSF Children's Hospital.

The First Annual San Francisco Bay Swim was organized by the national Swim Across America Inc., an organization which has raised more than $14 million for cancer research during the past 10 years. Saturday's event raised more than $100,000 to benefit pediatric cancer patients at UCSF Children's Hospital.

Those interested in making a donation to Swim Across America or to the Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program at UCSF Children's Hospital may still do so by visiting the website and clicking on "Donate."

The swimmers included six former Olympians, pediatric oncologist Rob Goldsby, MD, medical director of the Childhood Cancer Program, and Clinical Nurse Coordinator Aimee Sznewajs.

This is "a fabulous day and a wonderful experience," said Goldsby, while standing on the beach at Crissy Field clad in a dripping wet black wet suit. "I think it's great that people came out to swim in the bay to support children with cancer.

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