KIAWAH ISLAND, SC (WCBD) — Nearly 100 simmers took part in an open water swimming event on Sunday to raise money for cancer research.
The Swim Across America 2022 Charleston-Kiawah Open Water Swim raised $55,000 for local Swim Across America grantee, Hollings Cancer Center.
Brad Johnson and Jana Chanthabane are cancer survivors who met at the inaugural Swim Across America Charleston-Kiawah event in 2018.
Five years later, Johnson and Chanthabane will co-chair the Swim Across America Charleston-Kiawah Open Water Swim.
“I know firsthand the impact groundbreaking research can have on a person’s life and I want to see more cancer research save even more lives. With Swim Across America events like Charleston-Kiawah, we can all make a difference,” Johnson said.
The duo were joined by Olympic swimmers and volunteers at Night Heron Park on Kiawah Island.
Although this is only the event’s fifth year in Charleston, the national nonprofit is celebrating its 35th anniversary. In its 35 years of existence, the organization has seen more than 100,000 swimmers and raised $100 million to fight cancer.
In the organization’s five-year existence on Kiawah Island, it has raised more than 200,000 for Hollings Cancer Canter at MUSC.