Westy Self Storage is very community minded and supports many local charities. They have helped the Habitat for Humanity, been a drop-off location for winter coat drives, participated in recycling drives for bottles and cans, and collected toys for the Toys for Tots program. This month they are supporting the eighth annual Greenwich-Stamford Swim Across America (SAA) benefit.
The event will be held Saturday, June 21. Hundreds of swimmers will swim the Long Island Sound to raise funds for the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. They can select the distance that they swim: half a mile, a mile-and-a-half, or 3 miles.
Founded in 1987, Swim Across America was organized to raise money for cancer research and to provide prevention and treatment through swimming. They hold dozens of events across the United States every year. Last year, the SAA donated $460,000 to the Alliance. This year, they hope to increase the amount of monies raised.
“Our volunteers are critical,” said Matt Vossler, the Darien, Connecticut resident who co-founded SAA in 1987 with friend Jeff Keith. Selfless swimmers and event coordinators have allowed the event to take root in major metropolitan areas around the country and raised more than $55 million in the fight against cancer. “We’re hoping to raise half-a-million dollars at this year’s Greenwich-Stamford event,” Vossler added.
Some of the participating swimmers have a personal interest in the swim. Nicole Graham, a high school senior, was diagnosed with leukemia last year. She has undergone months of treatment. Owen Brannigan, captain of a high school swim team, is swimming in honor of his aunt who is a breast cancer survivor. Chip Linehan is swimming in honor of his friend who passed away from cancer of the small intestine.
“Every year, we are amazed by the heroic individuals and groups that swim in honor of a loved one or friend,” said Janel Jorgensen McArdle, president of SAA, an Olympic medalist and a Connecticut native. “This year we are encouraged to see even more people swimming for someone they love, and are also incredibly moved by the large number of cancer survivors we have participating.”
McArdle has been a world-class swimmer since high school. She won 3 gold medals in the Pan American Games. She won the silver medal in the 4×100 m medley relay in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She held 4 American records, won 15 NCAA championship titles, and was a 27-time All American. SAA is honored to have her expertise and leadership.
Westy Self Storage has facilities in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.
“Outstanding Connecticut Philanthropists, Athletes Prepare to Swim Across America.” PRWeb; 03 June 2014.