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 sixth annual open-water fundraising swim benefitting Moffitt Cancer Center.
The annual open water fundraising swim in Clearwater has raised more than $798,000 to fund Moffitt’s Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program at Moffitt. The event will include Olympians, including Honorary Chair Brooke Bennett. Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate as fundraisers in the one mile, half mile, or 2.4 mile course. Participants may swim as individuals or as part of a team in honor of friends and loved ones who have fought, or are fighting, a battle with cancer.
The pledges collected by the swimmers, corporate sponsors, and online donations will continue to benefit metastatic melanoma research led by Dr. Shari Pilon-Thomas, Immunology associate member, and Dr. Amod Sarnaik, Cutaneous Oncology associate member, as well as the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program, led by Dr. Damon Reed, Sarcoma Department associate member.
WHEN: Saturday, May 6, 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. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation 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 2.5 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,200 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.