Swimmers make a splash for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

September 17, 2015

Photo by Molly Walsh

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance teamed up for the seventh year with the nonprofit Swim Across America for a refreshing swim around Mercer Island to raise money for cancer research. On Sept. 12, more than 300 swimmers took to the water, swimming alongside Olympic medalists, including Mary Wayte, Rick Colella and Margaret Hoelzer, raising more than $275,000. Swimmers were given the option to swim either half a mile, one mile or two miles before returning for a beachside celebration.

Photo by Karen Brandvick

Since the partnership began, the annual event has raised more than $1.2 million, which helps to advance breakthrough treatments in the alliance’s Pancreas Cancer Specialty Clinic and Swim Across America Cellular Therapy Lab. Pancreatic cancer research is in great need, and the immunotherapy research holds great promise. These much-needed funds from the dedicated Washington State community will help Seattle Cancer Care Alliance make crucial advances in the fight against cancer.

Congratulation to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for another greatly successful swim! (Tim Pfarr)

Across the state, hospitals and health system leaders are doing amazing work to care for their patients and communities in innovative ways. Our goal is to feature all of our 100 members at least once through the course of the year. If you are a WSHA member with a story to tell, please contact Mary Kay Clunies-Ross or Tim Pfarr.


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