CHAPPAQUA, N.Y - Swim Across America Long Island Sound Chapter (SAA-LIS) held its second annual pool swim at Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Sunday with 80 swimmers going one-half mile or a full mile in memory of those who have died from cancer and in honor of those still battling the disease.
Chappaqua swimmers from young children to senior citizens donned gold swim caps under the Swim Across America banner to help raise more than last year's $30,000 effort.
“This annual event was once again a tremendous success, and we are grateful to all the swimmers and volunteers, who made it such a great day,” said Tony Sibio, president of the SAA-LIS chapter. “We don’t have a final tally yet of the funds raised by the event, because money continues to come in from generous donors. However, we are certain that we exceeded our target and beat last year’s total of $30,000.”
Swim Across America, Inc. was founded in 1987 and currently offers nearly 50 swims in 14 states. The organization has raised over $40 million for cancer research and prevention programs at the country’s finest hospitals and managed-care facilities.
The SAA-LIS Chappaqua swim is one of nine such events the non-profit is conducting this summer, with a Long Island sound swim set for July 27.
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