Today marks the 17th annual Boston Harbor 22-mile swim relay and Stoneham native John Scully will be competing to support The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
“This race allows me to make a difference in the lives of those that cannot do it for themselves,” Scully said. “I have had multiple family members succumb to cancer over the last 15 years and Swim Across America and Dana Farber give me the opportunity to fight back.”
Scully raised about $10,000 and his team will raise $50,000.
“All the Boston Swim Across America events are expected to raise $300,000 for Dana Farber and more specifically the Perini Center at Dana Farber,” Scully said.
A 22-mile relay race is a very strenuous event and Scully has been training for quite some time leading up to this point.
“I do very early morning swims at Walden Pond,” Scully said.
Scully is just one example of those looking to help The Dana Farber Institute anyway he can.
“The $300,000 serves to fund ongoing research through fellowships, particularly as it relates to pediatric cancer and pediatric cancer survivors,” Scully said. “The involvement of Swim Across America and all of us that participate and raise funds just stands to reinforce the number of people that have been affected by cancer, and the extent to which they are willing to go to raise funds in the continued battle against the disease.”