Swim Across America Raises Record $4.8 Million in 2017

Swim Across America, which raises money to fund cancer research across the United States through primarily open water benefit swims, reported Friday that it granted a record $4.8 million to its beneficiaries in 2017. An additional $100,00 will be granted through pool swims.

Overall, the organization has raised more than $65 million in its history.

Next year, the program will host 18 swims, including new additions in Denver, CO, and Richmond, VA.

Swim Across America hosts safe and fun swims, which cost about $50,000-$100,000 to organize in some cases, and then donates 70-85% of gross revenue to the designated beneficiary. For open water swims, the organization partners with a beneficiary connected to the local community, and encourages doctors from each beneficiary to participate in or volunteer at the local swim.

Many Olympians have also participated in the swims, and some, along with collegiate swimmers, act as “angel swimmers” who swim side-by-side with participants.

While there are about 20 facilities who have benefitted from swims nationwide, there are nine designated Swim Across America research labs:


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6 years ago

I don’t get it. Based on the post SAA raised “more than $65M” , and granted $4.8M to its beneficiaries. That’s 7.5% Is this accurate?

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6 years ago

$65 million is what it’s raised all-time. $4.8 million is what they donated this year.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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