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Release Date: 06/26/2014

Open Water Swim to Raise Money for Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and the national non-profit organization Swim Across America (SAA) will make waves in the fight against cancer with the fifth annual SAA Rhode Island Swim on Saturday, September 6. Registration is now open for teams and individuals.

"The swims are a great way for people to come together and participate in a sport they love alongside Olympic swimming legends while raising critical funds for Women & Infants Hospital," says Janel Jorgensen McArdle, 1988 Olympic Silver Medalist and SAA president.

The one-mile competitive ocean swim at Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett starts at 10 am. Half-mile swimmers start at approximately 10:20 a.m. All participants must raise a minimum of $250 each. The minimum age for participation is 12. All participants will receive official Swim Across America T-shirt and towel.

Swim Across America is a non-profit corporation that runs events from Boston to San Francisco supporting cancer research at the country's finest hospitals and institutions. Proceeds from the Rhode Island swim go directly to Women & Infants Hospital, the largest and most diverse oncology service for women in the Northeast, providing a broad spectrum of care for gynecological and breast cancers. It has evolved into a world-renowned, multi-disciplinary facility where clinicians uncover key answers to the questions of cancer, and focus on the needs of the patients and families.

"Proceeds from Swim Across America events in Rhode Island have supported innovative research into the causes and treatments of women's cancers conducted by staff of Women & Infants' Program in Women's Oncology," said Cornelius "Skip" Granai III, MD, director of the Program in Women's Oncology. "These research efforts are vital to the thousands of women who face a cancer diagnosis each year. We are grateful to Swim Across America for the passion and dedication to this important endeavor on behalf patients and their families in Rhode Island and across the nation."

Every stroke makes a difference in the fight against cancer. For more information, email Kitty Tetreault at or visit: or Lee Beliveau at For more information about the Program in Women's Oncology at Women & Infants, visit:

About Swim Across America

Swim Across America, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to raising money for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, SAA is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service.

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About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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