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Swims Raise More Than $1 Million

Contributions help support cancer research at Rush

Joshua Jacobs, William A. Hark, MD/Susanne G. Swift Professor and Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rush, and his wife Faye after she completed the Swim Across America Chicago Open Water Swim.

Hundreds came together at Ohio Street Beach to support cancer research at Rush at the Swim Across America Chicago Open Water Swim on Saturday, July 25.

More than 230 individual fundraisers and swimmers, along with 25 teams, together raised around $365,000 through the event, though total donations are still being tallied. 

Swim Across America is a national organization that raises money nationwide through swimming events in support of local cancer research facilities. Since 2012, Swim Across America has directed its proceeds to the Rush University Cancer Center, leading to more than $1 million in total contributions to clinical cancer research at Rush over the last four events.

The funding supports several research projects concerning breast, colon, liver and lung cancers, among others. With the support, Faraz Bishehsari, MD, PhD, and his colleagues, for example, will examine how disrupted eating patterns and alcohol consumption affect susceptibility to colon cancer. And James C.H. Chu, PhD, is also using Swim Across America funding to build a pinhole camera imaging system that can more effectively monitor tumors during radiation treatment to more safely and directly administer the radiation.

“Lung tumors are constantly moving as patients breathe, making radiation treatment difficult to precisely apply. X-rays or CT images are useful but are not always available in real-time and could subject a patient to unwanted radiation,” Chu said. “Swim Across America funding has allowed us to construct real-time images of lung tumors when radiation treatment is being delivered, without adding unnecessary radiation.”

Here are the top five team fundraisers for the 2015 swim:

  • Team Kennedy: $27,665
  • Rush University Medical Center and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush: $25,447
  • CAC Masters Swim Team: $24,458
  • Team Life: $23,477.20
  • Team Chapa and Friends: $20,080

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