Making Waves to Fight Cancer – Why I Swim
Sachetta Callahan was proud to sponsor Swim Across America Open Water Swim on August 14, 2021. Since 1996, Swim Across America- Boston has donated millions of dollars to beneficiaries including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center.
Each year, the local event hosts hundreds of swimmers, even some former Olympians! This year, our own Kevin Kenny will take the plunge! Cancer touches the lives of too many Americans, and we’re pleased to support Kevin in this cause that is close to his heart.
In this personal post, Kevin shares his story, what it was like participating in the event, and what motivates him:
Since hearing about Swim Across America twenty-five years ago, I have wanted to get involved. I loved the idea of swimming and raising money for cancer research. Over the years, several former teammates from Boston College had participated and they encouraged me to get involved. However, it was only recently that I found a mentor and local group at MeadowBrook swim club in Baltimore to get me connected. Like my friend and mentor John Dierkes, I have also lost a loved one to cancer. In 2005, my sister Eileen was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. After a year-long battle, Eileen lost her battle to cancer at age 44, leaving behind 6 children.
Every morning as I trained for the upcoming SAA open water swims or reached out to potential donors, I thought about my sister Eileen and all the people I have lost to cancer. I am delighted to be part of the Swim Across America fundraising team and I proud to help our team raise funds to help find a cure for cancer.
On Saturday morning August 14th at Castle Island a Pleasure Bay in South Boston, we had beautiful weather and perfect water conditions for the 2021 Swim Across America Boston Open Water Swim.
The 92 swimmers and volunteers collectively raised $270,000 for cancer research. The funds raised will be used locally in Boston for research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center. Swim Across America provides early-stage grants to world renowned hospitals so researchers can conduct investigation and clinical trials that will lead to new breakthroughs to defeat cancer.
We are incredibly grateful to our corporate sponsors like Sachetta Callahan for their support. Thank you for helping us “Make Waves to Fight Cancer. The donations help save lives. Over the last thirty years, through individual and corporate support, Swim Across America has raised over $100 million dollars for cancer research.
Kevin Kenny, Senior Financial Advisor
Kevin is an active participant in multiple events and fundraising activities to help the fight against cancer. Swim Across America, Inc., [SAA] is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention, and treatment through swimming-related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers like Kevin nationwide, SAA is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service.