Nearly 200 swimmers took the plunge Saturday morning with the motive to fight against cancer.
"It's just a really special day to just be a part of," said Kathryn Lang of East Ridge Middle School.
Cancer research supporters gathered outside the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy headquarters in Stamford for Greenwich and Stamford's 8th annual Swim Across America event.
"I look forward to the swim of course," said Tyler Triscari of the Greenwich High School swim team. "That's my favorite part, I love going in the cold water."
"They are from all over," said Jacque Lang Event director for the Stamford/Greenwich Open Water Swim. "We have people from L.A., Pennslyvania, New York City. We have the Darien High School kids coming together this year, we have the Greenwich High School kids, swimmers, non-swimmers, recreational swimmers, older, younger, so it's not a race, they just go out there and have a great time thinking of their loved ones who have been affected by cancer."
Swim Across America is a national non profit organization that has helped raise money for cancer research for over 20 years. Participants were grouped in three heats. Whether they swam 3 miles, 1 1/2 miles or a half mile, each kept the same the same motive mind.
"I'm here today because my mother fought cancer and survived," said participant Brian Bundt. "But her father sadly lost to cancer two years ago and my brother swam this last year, so he inspired me to swim this year."
"I have at least three other friends, close friends, who are battling cancer today," said greenwich resident Andy Alisberg. "I love to swim and when the opportunity came to merge my love of swimming with doing something to raise money fro cancer research, I had to do it."
Organizers say they expect to raise over $300,000, all of which will be donated to assist with the alliance's research in cancer gene therapy.