WHO: Moffitt Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, and Swim Across America (SAA) – Tampa Bay, the local chapter of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events.
WHAT: Swim Across America – Tampa Bay, the fifth annual open-water fundraising swim benefitting Moffitt Cancer Center. Three-time Olympic champion Brooke Bennett will serve as honorary chair for the fifth year.
The event has raised $615,000 in the past four years for metastatic melanoma research and the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program at Moffitt. Just last year SAA – Tampa Bay raised $175,711 for Moffitt, and the organization is devoted to exceeding that amount this year.
Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate as fundraisers in the half-mile, one-mile or the “Iron Man Distance” 2.4-mile course. They can swim as individuals or as part of a team in honor of friends and loved ones who have fought, or are fighting cancer. Participants 18 and older are asked to raise a minimum of $500, and those younger than 18 pledge to raise $200. Swimmers participating in the “Iron Man Distance” 2.4-mile course are asked to raise $1,000.
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, at 7:30 a.m.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. One of the three largest cancer centers in the United States based on patient volume, the Tampa-based facility is one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. With more than 5,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $1.9 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum onFacebook, Twitter and YouTube.