WILTON, Conn. – Twelve Wilton Wahoo swimmers, along with 20 other team members, swam in the recent Greenwich/Stamford Swim Across America open water event.
Headed by Team Captain Jim O'Brien, Team "Kicking Cancer for Karen, Chris and Friends" raised more than $27,000 and was one of the top three fundraising teams in the event. Peter Holmquist, a Wahoo Masters team member, led the team in fundraising.
Although the event is not an official race, Stephen Holmquist and Tommy Kealy were the first two swimmers out the water for the 1.5-mile swim. Other Wahoo members included Caroline O'Brien, Brooke and Grace Hendee, Hannah Armstrong, Katrina Trentos, Verity Able, Cody Bond, Brenna Nimkoff, Edward Stolarski and Ellen Holmquist, age 11, who participated in the event for the first time.
Swim Across America is committed to raising funds and awareness to further cancer research, prevention and treatment through nationwide swim events.
This year, the event raised more than $498,600 with proceeds benefiting the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, the nation's only foundation dedicated exclusively to funding cancer gene therapy research.
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