Olympic medalist takes part in Boston’s Swim Across America event

For more than 25 years, a Boston swimming event has been raising money for cancer care and research at local facilities. Boston’s Swim Across America fundraiser has been benefiting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center since 1996. This year’s event was held Saturday in Pleasure Bay off Castle Island in South Boston and with hot and humid conditions, the water temperature was a refreshing 66 degrees.”Just salt in your mouth all the time, but it was pretty good,” said Onyeka Nwazojie, a member of the swim team at Ursuline Academy in Dedham.”I did have fun,” said Lizzy Power, another member of the Ursuline Academy swim team. Janel Jorgensen McArdle, an Olympic medalist in swimming, was among those who participated in this year’s Swim Across America event in Boston. Jorgensen McArdle won a silver medal at the age of 17 as part of the US women’s 4×100-meter medley relay team at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. The Medfield, Massachusetts tts, resident is the former chief executive officer and current treasurer of Swim Across America and this year’s race was incredibly personal for her. Her 8-year-old twin sons, Ayden and Erik, participated in the fundraiser that will help benefit her husband and their father, Peter, who was diagnosed with cancer in June.”He’s currently being treated at Dana-Farber, who is one of our beneficiaries here today. So it’s a little bit closer to home than usual for me this year,” Jorgensen McArdle said. “He’s in the fight. We’re going to be OK. It’s all going to be good.” Jorgensen McArdle said Ayden and Erik did not know of their father’s cancer diagnosis before the event, but she said she would inform them before this report aired on NewsCenter 5 or was published on WCVB.com.Swim Across America holds multiple fundraisers for cancer care and research facilities in cities throughout the country. Click here for a full list of those events.

For more than 25 years, a Boston swimming event has been raising money for cancer care and research at local facilities.

Boston’s Swim Across America fundraiser has been benefiting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center since 1996.

This year’s event was held Saturday in Pleasure Bay off Castle Island in South Boston and with hot and humid conditions, the water temperature was a refreshing 66 degrees.

“Just salt in your mouth all the time, but it was pretty good,” said Onyeka Nwazojie, a member of the swim team at Ursuline Academy in Dedham.

“I did have fun,” said Lizzy Power, another member of the Ursuline Academy swim team.

Janel Jorgensen McArdle, an Olympic medalist in swimming, was among those who participated in this year’s Swim Across America event in Boston.

Jorgensen McArdle won a silver medal at the age of 17 as part of the US women’s 4×100-meter medley relay team at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

The Medfield, Massachusetts, resident is the former chief executive officer and current treasurer of Swim Across America and this year’s race was incredibly personal for her. Her 8-year-old twin sons, Ayden and Erik, participated in the fundraiser that will help benefit her husband and their father, Peter, who was diagnosed with cancer in June.

“He’s currently being treated at Dana-Farber, who is one of our beneficiaries here today. So it’s a little bit closer to home than usual for me this year,” Jorgensen McArdle said. “He’s in the fight. We’re going to be OK. It’s all going to be good.”

Jorgensen McArdle said Ayden and Erik did not know of their father’s cancer diagnosis before the event, but she said she would inform them before this report aired on NewsCenter 5 or was published on WCVB.com.

Swim Across America holds multiple fundraisers for cancer care and research facilities in cities throughout the country. Click here for a full list of those events.

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