2015 Swim Across America – Nantucket
Saturday’s Swim Across America – Nantucket open water swim at Jetties Beach raised over $310,000 for on-island cancer care services at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket!
This inspirational community event included 287 children and adults swimming for the cause, as well as 65 volunteers on land and sea helping to to make it a success.
The funds raised through this event support Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s oncology program, a partnership with the Mass General Cancer Center that brings some of Boston’s finest oncologists to the island to see Nantucket patients.
With the help of Swim Across America, this program has grown significantly over the past three years. Nantucket Cottage Hospital is currently providing treatment to 35 island cancer patients through the Mass General Hematology/Oncology Service at Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Since Aug. 2014, there have been 469 on-island patient visits with MGH oncologists and our full-time oncology nurse practitioner Jane Kelly, while chemotherapy treatments have increased 67 percent over the last fiscal year.
We are once again in awe of the generosity of our island community. Thank you to everyone who swam, volunteered and donated!