Participants at the Swim 4 A Cure event pose before jumping in the water at the Vista Hermosa Aquatics Center on June 8. Courtesy photo
Participants at the Swim 4 A Cure event pose before jumping in the water at the Vista Hermosa Aquatics Center on June 8. Courtesy photo

By Victor Carno

On June 8 swimmers of all skill levels came together in the second annual Swim 4 A Cure, an event put on by Swim Across America, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, fight and treat cancer.

SAA’s slogan is “making waves to fight cancer,” and at the Vista Hermosa Aquatics Center, they did exactly that. The event raised over $18,000 and brought together 125 people, truly creating a wave to be reckoned with.

“I was thrilled that it was such a huge success and I was excited to see so many smiles,” event director Steve Hops said.

The day was filled with swimming and raffle contests under the direction and commentary of event emcee Byron Reidenbaugh. Howard Burn and the organizing committee provided plenty of new and successful ideas to make the event a success.

Prizes such as surfboards, wetsuits, rounds of golf and cruise excursions were awarded.

All of this added up to one cheer-filled day, in the name cancer prevention and treatment, according to Hops.

“This year’s turnout was just as big as last year’s, and I’m determined to do year number three,” Hops said.

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