Salesforce and UCSF Make Waves in the Fight Against Cancer
By: Kelly Singsank, Product Marketing, and Will Roller, Product Management, at Salesforce
On October 1st, nearly 80 swimmers from Salesforce and UCSF will plunge headfirst into the frigid San Francisco Bay to help Make Waves to Fight Cancer. Starting our swim beneath the iconic Golden Gate Bridge just days before Dreamforce, we will join nearly 300 other swimmers from across the San Francisco Bay Area to help raise money for Swim Across America.
Swim Across America, or SAA, is a nonprofit dedicated to raising money for cancer research, prevention, and treatment through swimming-related events. In 2015, SAA raised nearly $4.7 million for program grants dedicated to the fight against cancer across the U.S., and specifically, has raised over $3M for programs at UCSF in the past 10 years.
Beyond a love of swimming, we both share a personal connection to this mission, having lost family members to cancer. And in fact, when 1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, this a problem that touches nearly everyone. We are challenging ourselves to swim to honor their memories and raise money to lower these statistics.
This year, besides swimming safely back to Crissy field, the goal of the event is relatively simple: we are seeking to raise $600,000 which will support cancer research and patient care at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program and the SAA Pediatric Cancer Research Lab in Oakland.
Today, Team Salesforce has raised just over $10,000, and in conjunction with the teams at UCSF Oakland and San Francisco, we have raised over $75k. For all of the teams, we are collectively short $110,000 from our total goal.
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