With less than a week to go before hundreds of swimmers take to the open water of the Magothy River on Maryland’s Western Shore, we’re spotlighting a few of the teams that are participating. Today, we feature the Merritt Eldersburg Team and why they swim!

We've become friends by swimming together regularlyat the Eldersburg fitness club. We're really excited to be part of the second annual Swim Across America Baltimore event on September 18. The money we raise will support the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.

Our team captain, Lynn McKain, received aggressive treatment for breast cancer at Hopkins. Swimming with us was her salvation before, during, and after treatment. Others on our team have been touched much too closely by cancer. We are participating in the SAA Baltimore open-water event to honor the survivors among our friends and family.

We hope that the money we raise will in some way help to put an end to this horrific disease and comfort those who have and are struggling with its devastation. With our participation, we send special healing energies to Joe and Toni.

We are looking forward to the swim as a day of thanks for our own health, a day of celebrating our friendship through swimming, a day of honoring teamwork as an example of strength, and a day to honor the larger mission of Swim Across America.

Read more about the research in the Swim Across America Lab at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

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