Swim Across the Sound highlights

On Saturday, July 25, some 200 swimmers, accompanied by 100 boats, swam across Long Island Sound to raise money and support the thousands of people who are battling cancer and their families.

The welcome at Captain’s Cove, One Bostwick Avenue in the Black Rock neighborhood of Bridgeport, included music, entertainment, vendor booths, and access to the boardwalk shops and restaurant.

Swimmers from all over the world have participated in the annual SWIM Across the Sound. At 15.5 miles, the SWIM is one of the longest challenges on the World Open Water Swim Association Top 100 list.

The marathon, which started at West Beach in Port Jefferson, N.Y., and ended at Captain’s Cove, included solo swimmers, two-person relays, and 4- to 6-member relay teams. Universities and corporations also formed relay teams.

Individual swimmers and relay teams raised a specified minimum amount of money in order to participate. Boat captains donated their time and fuel for the day to escort or guide swimmers and other boats in support of the fundraiser. Net proceeds help individuals and families who are battling cancer.

Swimmers raised money through pledges from friends, families, and businesses to help provide cancer patients and their families with financial support and care for the needs that health insurance does not cover. Many swimmers and boaters chose to participate because cancer has affected their lives, or their family and friends in some way, and they want to help others with the struggles cancer brings.

St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound provides cancer education, screening, and prevention programs at low- or no-cost for the uninsured and underinsured. In addition, the SWIM helps individual cancer patients on a case-by-case basis with specific needs, such as the funding of wigs and prostheses, payment of utilities or rent, medication assistance, free transportation to treatments and appointments, day-care scholarships, support groups and more. For more information on the SWIM, visitmSwimAcrosstheSound.org.

Brown Emergency Medicine broke the Corporate Challenge relay record, finishing in at 7:40:17.

Brown Emergency Medicine broke the Corporate Challenge relay record, finishing in at 7:40:17.

Marlon Meggie finishes Swim Across the Sound with a little help from his St. Vincent’s Bullsharks teammates. Meggie completed the marathon across the Long Island Sound despite severe muscle cramping during the final approach.

Marlon Meggie finishes Swim Across the Sound with a little help from his St. Vincent’s Bullsharks teammates. Meggie completed the marathon across the Long Island Sound despite severe muscle cramping during the final approach.

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