LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- The Swim Across America-Long Island Sound summer events to raise awareness and funding to fight cancer are already a record-breaking success with $1.15 million raised in several Westchester pool swim marathons and the SAALIS Swim in Long Island Sound on Saturday, July 26.
According to spokesperson Jeanntte Boccini, 423 swimmers, many kayakers and volunteers participated in the Long Island sound swim from Larchmont Yacht Club to Larchmont Shore Club.
"So far, there have been eight swims, and the total raised for cancer research, prevention and treatment is $1,150,000," Boccini said. "We have one more swim this coming weekend at Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester, and people are still contributing, so hopefully that number will go even higher."
Westchester residents participated in pool swims at local clubs and town pools, including Westchester Country Club in Harrison, Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Club in Chappaqua, Coveleigh Club in Rye, The New York Athletic Club in Pelham, Orienta Beach Club in Mamaroneck, Lakeside Field Club in North Salem; the Open Water Swim in the Long Island Sound. An event will take place at Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester on Saturday, Aug. 2.
Proceeds from this year’s SAA-LIS will be donated to the Cancer Support Team (serving lower Westchester), the Tommy Palazzo Fellowship for Columbia University and Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at New York-Presbyterian, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Swim Across America and DeMatteo Research Laboratories, and United Hospice of Clarkstown.
Those interested in participating in the 2015 Swim Across America-LIS events can register to swim, volunteer to help, or sponsor a swimmer at the Swim across American link.
Donations can be sent to SAA-Long Island Sound, P.O. Box 217, Larchmont, NY 10538.