Sept. 10, 2013
Providence, R.I. -
Members of the Providence College Swimming and Diving program, Coach John O’Neill and wife Cindy all joined together the morning of Saturday, September 7th to participate in the Annual Swim Across America Event at Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett, R.I. 1948 Olympic Team member and PC Alumnus Clara Lamore Walker also swam in the event, which included over 500 swimmers, making it one of the fastest growing events in the country. Saturday’s SAA-RI event raised over $160,000 for the Oncology Center at Women and Infants Hospital.
Swim Across America is a non-profit corporation that runs events from Boston to San Francisco to support cancer research at the country’s finest hospitals and institutions. Proceeds from the Rhode Island swim go directly to Woman & Infants Hospital, the largest and most diverse oncology service for women in the Northeast, providing a broad spectrum of care for gynecological and breast cancers. It has evolved into a world-renowned, multi-disciplinary facility where clinicians uncover key answers to the questions of cancer, and focus on the needs of the patients and families.
About Swim Across America
Swim Across America is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to raising money for cancer research, prevention, and treatment through swimming-related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, SAA is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticisms, community outreach and direct service.
About Woman & Infants Hospital
Woman & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. The primary teaching affiliate of The Warren Aplert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology, and newborn pediatrics has a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine. Women & Infants is the ninth largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country with nearly 8,400 deliveries per year. In 2009, Women & Infants opened the country’s largest single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.
Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Cancer of Excellence from the American College of Radiology; a center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; a Center of Biomedical Research in Excellence by the National Institute of Health; and a Neonatal Resource Services of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the National Institutes of Health’s Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.