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

By Phyllis Brown, UCSF Today | August 22, 2007

Accomplished swimmers are invited to join Olympic swimming legends from across the country for the second annual "'Swim Across America' San Francisco Swim to Fight Cancer" on September 30.

The 10-mile-long relay swim around San Francisco Bay will raise money for pediatric cancer care. The swim starts at 8 a.m. from Crissy Field in San Francisco.

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

The swim is not a race; swimmers will participate in a relay swim in which they swim for 30 minutes. Due to the extreme weather and water conditions in San Francisco Bay, the swim is reserved for experienced swimmers comfortable with swimming for 30 minutes or more in open water. All of the swimmers are "winners," and each will receive a medal. Each swimmer pledges to raise a minimum of $2,000, and prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers.

More than 100 swimmers participated in the 2006 event, including pediatric oncologist Robert Goldsby, MD, director of the UCSF Children's Hospital Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program. Goldsby teamed up with Aimee Sznewajs, the clinical coordinator of the survivor program, and both swam in the race.

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