WHAT: A weekend of events on behalf of pediatric cancer patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute will begin with a group of swimmers finishing a 26.2 mile swim they first began in 2003. The group, led by Carly’s Crossing founder Joe Zwierzchowski, will swim from Sturgeon Point in Evans to Gallagher Beach in downtown Buffalo and will arrive during Summer Splash, a cocktail event to benefit Carly’s Club at Roswell Park. The original swim in 2003 was halted due to poor weather conditions. The swim will serve as a kick-off to the tenth annual Carly’s Crossing event, which will be held at Gallagher Beach on Sunday, August 12.
WHEN AND WHERE:
Friday, August 10:
Best opportunity to capture swimmers before swim begins will be at the NFTA Small Boat Harbor near Dug’s Dive/the gas dock at 11 a.m.
Swimmers finish ‘marathon’ at Gallagher Beach (1111 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo): Approximately 7:30 p.m.
Summer Splash takes place at Gallagher Beach: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, August 12:
Carly’s Crossing takes place at Gallagher Beach (1111 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo)
Visuals: hundreds of swimmers taking part in one of three courses in Lake Erie; on-land activities
Best time for visuals: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
To arrange interviews with swimmers or organizers, please contact Kerry Jones Waring at 716-380-7319.
Carly's Club for Kids & Cancer Research in WNY exists to offer support programs to make life more manageable for children diagnosed with cancer and their families, and to raise funds for pediatric cancer research seeking cures at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Currently, over 390 pediatric cancer patients and their families are served by Carly’s Club. Learn more at www.CarlysClub.org.
The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kerry Jones Waring, Senior Communications Coordinator