Swim Across America Partners With Int’l Swimming Hall Of Fame To Raise Money for Cancer

Join the International Swimming Hall of Fame & Swim Fort Lauderdale in a Charity Swim to Fight Cancer with Swim Across America. Register or Donate Now!

Everyone’s life has been impacted by cancer which is why we’re “Make Waves to Fight Cancer” and raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment.


WHAT: Swim Across America, the International Swimming Hall of Fame and Swim Fort Lauderdale are teaming up for this charity swim with proceeds funding the mission of SAA and ISHOF.

WHEN: May 19, 2019

WHERE: Carter Park Aquatic Complex

1450 W Sunrise Blvd

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311

SWIM TIMELINE: The schedule is subject to change.

  • 8:00 AM: Registration/Check In/Coffee
  • 8:30 AM: Welcome/Why I Swim
  • 8:45 AM: We Swim
  • 9:45 AM: Wrap Up/Thanks/Snacks

SWIM OPTIONS: We’ll have a charity swim practice that will offer 15x25s, 15x50s, 15x75s, or 15x100s. You can decide when you show up what distance you want to swim. You can set an interval and wear fins or use a kickboard. Whatever makes you comfortable. We will have a coach on deck to offer help. All participants will need to register and are asked to raise $100 for the cause.

HOW TO JOIN: Click the register button in the middle of this page and you will be provided a personal story page that you can promote on social and send to your friends and family. All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here and bring to the event check-in. If you are under 18, please bring the waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

FUNDRAISING: We encourage each participant to raise at least $100. Many will raise more but if everyone raises $100, our charity swim will have an impact to support the mission of SAA and ISHOF.

FUNDRAISING INCENTIVES: Every swimmer who participates will receive a Swim Across America cap, bracelet and tattoos! Raise the amounts below and receive great SAA items for your efforts!

We are offering incentives to hit fundraising milestones.

  • $100 – SAA T-Shirt.
  • $200 – SAA Keychain + $100 fundraising incentive.
  • $500 – SAA Towel + $200 fundraising incentives.
  • $1000 – SAA Embroidered Bag + $500 fundraising incentives.

QUESTIONS? Feel free to email Craig Beardsley.

About Cancer and Swim Across America

Every 15 minutes, 50 Americans are diagnosed with cancer. This is a sobering reality. But, the good news is that every year millions of Americans are beating cancer through advancements in treatments. Swim Across America, the official charity for swimmers, exists to raise money for our network of doctors and researchers who are the pioneers developing new cures and treatments to this dreaded disease. Michael Phelps and over 100 Olympians support SAA.


Swim Across America is the inspired sequel to a triumphant Run Across America completed by the two founders of SAA, Jeff Keith and Matt Vossler in 1985. The eight-month journey spanned the country from Boston to Los Angeles and raised over $1 million for cancer research. Jeff Keith, one of the determined runners, a 22-year-old from Fairfield, CT, had lost his right leg to cancer a decade before. Following college graduation, these two childhood buddies embarked on their mission, making history in the process. Together, they instilled hope in all who fight this disease and heightened consciousness about overcoming this frightening diagnosis.

It was in 1987 that Keith and Vossler decided to bring their cause back home and transitioned from running to swimming for a cure. With a focus on raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment, Swim Across America was chartered as a 501c3 nonprofit organization.


Cancer survivor Jeff Keith, and childhood friends Matt Vossler and Hugh Curran, created their first fundraiser in 1987 in Nantucket, MA.


Since 1987, SAA has granted over $80 million through 20 experiential open water swimming fundraising events and over 100 pool swim fundraisers


2018 marks the 32nd year of Swim Across America. During that time, they’ve grown from a single event in Nantucket, MA, to the 20 open water benefit swims across the country and 100 annual pool swims.


Swim Across America beneficiaries are in the communities of our open water charity swims. The doctors receiving SAA grants attend the charity swim and are part of the experience. They enjoy meeting participants and donors, and sharing how the SAA grant is helping them in the fight against cancer. The connection of a local SAA swim to a local beneficiary is part of what makes SAA so special.

Our scientific advisory committee is renowned cancer MDs and PHDs with decades of experience in clinical trials and cancer research. They help us select projects and researchers who are the pioneers to curing cancer. Our grant focus is not a specific type of cancer. Rather, we provide seed grants to the projects that present the best opportunities to have a breakthrough in the fight against cancer.

With the data, our beneficiaries are then able to apply for additional funding from the National Institute of Health, other foundations, biotech and pharmaceuticals. Our beneficiaries have reported that for every grant dollar they receive from SAA, they are able to secure $3 in new funding they might not otherwise have received.

We granted a record $5.6 million for 2019 that will fund over 30 research projects. In over three decades, Swim Across America has granted over $80 million dollars that have lead to breakthroughs in immunotherapy, gene therapy, personalized medicine, and new cancer detection methods.

It is important donors know that our grant agreement requires 100% of SAA grants be applied to approved projects and not other things such as overhead and buildings.

There are nine named Swim Across America research labs demonstrating the commitment and partnership of the beneficiary and Swim Across America.

SAA Aflac Lead ImageSAA – ATLANTA

Swim Across America Lab

at Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta

FOCUS: Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) clinical trial that is in phase I for adults and children.

GRANT FOR 2019: $550,000

SAA Johns Hopkins Lead ImageSAA – BALTIMORE

Swim Across America Lab

at Johns Hopkins Medicine

FOCUS: Immunotherapies, targeted therapies and precision medicine across all cancers.

GRANT FOR 2019: $375,000


SAA MassGeneral and Dana Farber Lead ImageSAA – BOSTON

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center

FOCUS: Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) research, pediatric oncology research and quality-of-life clinical research.

GRANT FOR 2019: $300,000


SAA Carolinas Lead Image

Hollings Cancer Center (Medical University of South Carolina)

FOCUS: Cancer research and clinical trials.


Levine Cancer Institute (Atrium Health)

FOCUS: Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) research with a goal of decreasing patient relapse from AML.

GRANT FOR 2019: $115,000

SAA Carolinas Lead Image

FOCUS: Develop early detection for ovarian cancer, lung cancer research, breast cancer research, and Latina cancer survivors research.

GRANT FOR 2019: $185,000

SAA – Dallas


SAA Baylor Institute Lead Image

Swim Across America Lab

at BaylorScott&White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas

FOCUS: Innovative clinical trials focusing on treating cancers that have resisted standard therapies with innovation in oncology treatment.

GRANT FOR 2019: $220,711

SAA – Denver

SAA ACGT Lead Image

Children’s Hospital Colorado

FOCUS: Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) research project helping to define better methods to detect leukemia cells in pediatric patients.

GRANT FOR 2019: $150,000


SAA ACGT Lead Image 

Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy

FOCUS: Cancer gene and cell therapy, including immunotherapy

GRANT FOR 2019: $385,000

SAA Nantucket Lead ImageSAA – HOUSTON


FOCUS:  Cancer research and clinical trials in the departments of Pediatric Oncology and Neuro-Oncology.

GRANT FOR 2019: $210,000

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