BRIDGEPORT — The 143 people who expected to take to the water Saturday in support of cancer patients and their families didn’t get the chance, when thunderstorms led to cancellation of the annual Swim Across the Sound.
The marathon, which is sponsored by St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation, has been around since 1987. Money raised goes toward funding cancer screenings at low or no cost, and to support groups, prostheses, wigs and financial help with day car, transportation, utilities and mortgages.
Each relay team is required to raise a at least $7,500 to participate. Two-person relay teams must raise $3,500 and solo swimmers must raise $1,500. And while Saturday’s swim was canceled, the effort and the money raised didn’t go unnoticed.
“Thank you to all our volunteers for their tireless dedication,” the foundation said on Facebook. “As always all the funds raised will benefit local patients.”