Cancer affects over 1.7 miillion people each year in the United States alone. The disease does not discriminate against any ethinicity, social class, intelligence, or athletic ability, leaving anyone at risk. Many of us on the Boston College Swim Team share similar experiences where cancer has afffected our family and friends. The Find A Way Swim-A-Thon gives us the opportunity to fight against the brutal disease with the sport we put our heart into everyday.
The Find A Way Swim-A-Thon began to honor an incredible swim coach, Scott Elliot, who passed away from stomach cancer in 2017. Many teammates have shared similar experiences, where cancer has affected people close to them. Part of our mission is to honor these people who have and are fighting cancer, and suppor their familtes, too.
In 2018, our first Find A Way Swim-A-Thon event took place. The Boston College Swim Team partnered with the Relay For Life Event sponsored by The American Cancer Society and swam collectively for a total of 12 hours straight. We lit illuminarias (candles) to represent people who we personally dedicated our laps to. Concluding the event, the lights were shut off and the only light in the arena was coming from the illuminaria, representing hope for our victims and the families that lost loved ones.
Please help the family of humanity fight cancer together by donating to Boston College Swimming & Diving's Find A Way Swim-A-Thon! Thank you!!