Swim Across America Adds New Kids’ Splash to June 29 Swim

This year's 18th annual Swim Across America - Fairfield County open water swim on Saturday, June 29, is introducing a new Kids' Splash - named the "Queen Willa" Kids' Splash in honor of five-year-old Willa Kosh of Greenwich, Connecticut, who is battling pediatric leukemia.

Willa’s mother, Tina Carpenteri, co-owner of Garden Catering, shares that Willa, nicknamed "Queen Willa," is funny, fierce and resilient. Willa is responding well to her two-year treatment protocol, which includes chemotherapy and other medications.

The "Queen Willa" Kids' Splash will take place at Dolphin Cove in Stamford, on Saturday, June 29. The event begins at . Children ages six to 11 can swim independently, while younger children can be accompanied by an adult. Registration is $25 per child. Participants receive a t-shirt, towel and swim cap. Although there's no fundraising minimum, participants are encouraged to fundraise to support the swim's mission to raise funds for cancer research for the swim's beneficiary Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy.

“Let’s show Willa and all those battling cancer that they are not alone,” said Nancy Carr, Swim Across America - Fairfield County event director. “We are excited to add the Kids’ Splash to our annual swim and bring the mission to make waves to fight cancer to all ages!”

The June 29th event also features three swim distances: a half-mile 1.5 mile and 3-mile swim, and a new High School Cup trophy for the top fundraising high school team. To register, visit swimacrossamerica.org/fc.

Submitted by Stamford, CT

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