Michael Phelps Gets Back in the Water to Benefit Cancer Research

by SwimSwam Partner Content 19

August 06th, 2019 Industry, News

Courtesy: Swim Across America

Like many others, Michael Phelps had a fear of the water as a young child. However, that didn’t deter Cathy Bennett from helping Michael develop comfort and confidence in the water. Now, as Bennett battles cancer for the second time, Phelps is diving into the water again to headline a Swim Across America charity event on Wednesday, Aug. 28, to honor his good friend with proceeds from the charity swim to benefit cancer research.

Bennett, whom Phelps affectionately refers to as Ms. Cathy, is the Program Director of the Michael Phelps Foundation where she oversees the Foundation’s signature program – IM – which provides learn-to-swim, recreational aquatic activities, organized swim instruction, as well as health, wellness, and goal-setting programming.

“Ms. Cathy and her family mean so much to me, my family, the Foundation, and countless others in the swimming community and I wanted to honor her with this charity swim,” said Phelps. “Ms. Cathy has never been one to seek any kind of attention, but raising awareness with Swim Across America to benefit cancer research will hopefully help find a cure for all forms of cancer.”

Phelps, the most decorated swimmer in World Championships history and 28-time Olympic medalist, retired from competitive swimming in 2016. The proceeds from the charity swim will benefit the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

Since 1987, Swim Across America has granted nearly $100 million to fund cancer research at Johns Hopkins, Memorial Sloan Kettering, MD Anderson and other institutions.

When: Wednesday, August 28, 5pm to 7pm

Where: Kino Aquatic Center in Mesa, Arizona

Register: The charity swim is limited to 50 participants.

Each participant must donate or raise a minimum of $1,000

Website: swimacrossamerica.org/SAAPhelpsSwim

Notable Attendees: Dr. Bill Nelson chief of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, three-time Olympian Allison Schmitt (2008, 2012, 2016), 2016 Olympic head coach and Arizona State University head coach Bob Bowman, and members of the ASU swim team are anticipated to attend the charity swim as we celebrate Cathy.

About Swim Across America

Swim Across America is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research and clinical trials through swimming-related charity events. Created in 1987, SAA has granted close to $100 million that has led to new cancer cures in immunotherapy, breakthroughs in new screening and detection methods, and helped pioneer personalized medicine. For more information, visit www.swimacrossamerica.org.

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1 year ago

tOkYo 2020 cOmEbAcK?!?!

Joel Lin
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1 year ago


Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

No and Tokyo is already 11month away. Lochte can try made fifth Olympic team.

1 year ago

iSsA cOmEbAcK iN dIsGuIsE

1 year ago

I’d pay $1000 to see Phelps race Dressel in the 50m fly. Would Dressel beat him by more than 3 whole seconds at this point?

Reply to  Anti-Phelps
1 year ago

As long as he’s not vs. a shark

Reply to  Pineapple
1 year ago

That Phelps vs shark thing was the dumbest thing I have ever seen

Reply to  Anti-Phelps
1 year ago

I’d love to see a 200 fly