SWIM Across the Sound canceled due to bad weather

August 4, 2018

BRIDGEPORT — The 143 people prepared to swim in support of cancer patients and their families didn’t get the chance Saturday when rain and thunderstorms canceled the annual SWIM Across the Sound.

The marathon, which is sponsored by St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation, has been around since 1987. This year was its 31st year.

Funds raised for the event goes toward funding cancer screenings at low- or no-cost to uninsured and underinsured patients. The money also goes toward free support groups, prostheses, wigs and financial help with day car, transportation, utilities and mortgages.

The marathon starts at Danford’s Marina in Port Jefferson, New York, and ends at Captain’s Cove Marina in Black Rock each year. Swimmers make the 15.5 mile swim across the Long Island Sound, supported by crews manned by volunteers to help as needed.

Each relay team is required to raise a at least $7,500 to participate. Two-person relay teams must raise $3,500 and solo swimmers must raise $1,500.

Though Saturday’s event was canceled, the effort of all those involved and the money raised has not gone unnoticed.

“Thank you to all our volunteers for their tireless dedication,” the foundation said on Facebook. “As always all the funds raised will benefit local patients.”

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