Swim Across America (SAA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming events across the country, is hosting its 20th annual Chicago open-water swim event Saturday, Aug. 4, at Ohio Street Beach in Chicago.
The fundraiser benefits the Rush University Cancer Center, which comprises all of the clinical, research and educational efforts at Rush University Medical Center. The Chicago swim aims to raise $250,000 through the participation of 350 swimmers, including former Olympians.
“What Swim Across America has achieved in Chicago and around the country is incredible,” said David McClellan, SAA Chicago event chair. “We always set our sights high, but we expect a record-breaking 2012 event in hopes of funding groundbreaking cancer research at Rush.”
McClellan expects more than 10 former Olympians to swim in the event, including SAA president Janel Jorgensen McArdle, a silver medalist at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Jamie Rauch, a silver medalist at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and Craig Beardsley, a 1980 Summer Olympian and former world-record holder in the men’s 200-meter butterfly.
Swimmers must raise a minimum of $500 in order to participate in the ½-mile, 1-mile, 1.5-mile or 3-mile course. They may swim individually or as part of a team to honor friends and family who have been touched by cancer.