Swimmers of all ages and abilities are welcome to join the eighth annual Fins For a Cure on Saturday, July 13, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Ulmstead Swim Club, 674 White Swan Drive, in Arnold. Participants will swim a half-mile, 1-mile, or relay swim to raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment. Funds raised at the event, one of a handful in the Baltimore/Annapolis area as part of Swim Across America (SAA)-Baltimore, will benefit the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.
Annapolis resident and volunteer director Cheryl Hickox launched Fins for a Cure eight years ago in Anne Arundel County and continues to oversee the event. “I volunteer out of passion in support of my father, who lost his battle with cancer, and to beat this ugly beast,” Hickox said.
Regarding the event, Hickox emphasized, “It’s not a race. It’s a fundraising event.” Drop-ins and walk-ups are encouraged as a way to make it a fun evening for a good cause. “It allows young kids to learn about community spirit,” she added, noting that this year’s Fins for a Cure fundraising goal is $25,000, toward a 10-year goal of $100,000.
In the past decade, Fins for a Cure and other area events that support SAA-Baltimore have donated a cumulative $3.4 million to the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins for clinical trials in immunotherapy, genomic-based testing and the creation of a dedicated cancer survivorship program.