ACGT, Swim Across America team-up to raise funds for fighting cancer
In a joint effort to combat cancer and continue funding promising cancer research and treatment, two of Fairfield, CT-area’s most renowned non-profits – Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT) and Swim Across America – joined forces on February 4, 2014, World Cancer Day.
Leaders from ACGT – the nation’s only non-profit dedicated exclusively to cancer gene therapy – and the Greenwich-Stamford Swim Across America chapter attended the Kickoff Committee Meeting at ACGT’s headquarters in Stamford to prepare for this summer’s major fundraiser. The swim – which raised $460,000 for ACGT last year – is slated for Saturday, June 21, 2014. Register, and find more information, here:www.swimacrossamerica.org/greenwich
“ACGT has granted over $24 million to top cancer scientists and researchers, and funded life-saving clinical trials, since its genesis in 2001,” said Barbara Netter, ACGT’s President and Co-Founder. “It’s with the help and generosity of Swim Across America that we’re able to make a difference in the war on cancer.”
“We’re gearing up for another successful swim, and hope to see both familiar and new faces on the beach,” said Jacque Lang, Swim Across America’s Event Director.
About Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT)
Established in 2001, ACGT (www.acgtfoundation.org) is the nation’s only not-for-profit exclusively dedicated to cancer cell and gene therapy treatments for all types of cancer. One-hundred percent of contributions go directly to research. ACGT has funded 44 grants in the U.S. and Canada since its founding in 2001 by Barbara Netter and her late husband, Edward, to conduct and accelerate critically needed innovative research for all types of cancer. ACGT’s Scientific Advisory Council is comprised of 16 of the nation’s most distinguished physicians and researchers in cell and gene therapy, who review and rank applications based on likelihood to advance the battle against cancer. Since its inception, ACGT has awarded 29 grants to Young Investigators and 15 grants to Clinical Investigators, totaling $24.7 million in funding. Barbara Netter, as President, together with other members of the Board of Directors, are fully committed to ACGT’s continued support of this research. ACGT is located at 96 Cummings Point Road, Stamford, CT 06902.
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