About St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound


St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound is a charitable, grass roots organization run by St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation. Since 1987, the SWIM has a unique niche, providing cancer education, screening, and prevention programs at low- or no-cost for the underinsured and uninsured. In addition, the SWIM helps individual cancer patients on a case-by-case basis with specific needs, such as the funding of wigs and prostheses, medication assistance, free transportation to treatments and appointments, day-care scholarships and support groups. The SWIM does not support research.

The SWIM's mission is to:

  • Break down barriers to access for cancer screening and prevention programs
  • Provide education on minimizing risks for cancer
  • Provide assistance to cancer patients with services that traditional health insurance will not cover
  • Help individual cancer patients and their families on a case-by-case basis with specific needs, so that patients can concentrate on feeling better and family members can concentrate on caring for their loved ones

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