The forecast this weekend is for beautiful weather with temperatures in the mid 80s — perfect for a swim to raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment.
The Tampa Bay chapter of Swim Across America will host its second annual open water fundraising swim benefiting Moffitt Cancer Center at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Pier 60, One Causeway Blvd., Clearwater Beach. The event will feature a celebration and awards ceremony where medical researchers and cancer survivors will share their stories of hope in the fight against the disease.
Brooke Bennett, three-time Olympic champion, will serve as honorary event chair.
Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the 1-mile, half-mile or the Iron Man distance of 2.4 miles, swimming as individuals or as part of a team in honor of friends and loved ones who have fought, or are fighting, cancer.
"The SAA-Tampa Bay swim is both fun and challenging and is a great way to help make a difference in the fight against cancer," said Robert Shapiro, the Swim Across America — Tampa event director. "Moffitt researchers are passionate about finding solutions, and joining the swim is an excellent way to support their efforts."
Adults are asked to raise a minimum of $500; those younger than 18 are asked to raise at least $250. Pledges collected will benefit Moffitt's metastatic melanoma research led by Shari Pilon-Thomas, Ph.D., and Dr. Amod Sarnaik, as well as the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program led by Dr. Damon Reed.
"Melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer whose incidence is unfortunately on the rise," said Sarnaik. "With the support of Swim Across America, we are about to embark upon a promising clinical trial that combines two of the most effective treatments for patients afflicted by the most advanced stage of melanoma."
Last year's SAA-Tampa Bay Swim raised $100,000 for Moffitt, and the group is committed to doubling that this year. Since its inception in 1987, the organization has raised more than $45 million.
To register for the swim, call (813) 326-8275 or visit online at SwimAcrossAmerica.org/tampabay. Follow the swim on Twitter: @SAA_TB or on Facebook at facebook.com/swimacross america.
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De-stress and energize your life with Laughter Yoga, a combination of laughter exercises and yogic breathing. It is offered at 11 a.m. Monday at Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. Cost is $5 for residents, $7 for nonresidents. Call (727) 733-7296.
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Learn to reduce stress, improve health and gain strength through the slow movements of tai chi, an ancient Chinese art, at a free seminar at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Clearwater Beach Library, 69 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach. Participants will be provided instruction and demonstration on the slow, meditative and healthful movements. Call (727) 562-4970.
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Cardiologist Van Q. Nguyen will discuss how untreated sleep apnea can affect the heart and specific heart diseases at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Admission is free. Call (727) 953-6877.
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A 5K race and a 1-mile family fun walk are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at John Chesnut Sr. Park, 2200 East Lake Road, East Lake. Proceeds from this event will go directly to the Melanoma Research Foundation. Participation cost is $25-$35. Call (727) 669-1951 or visit palmharbordermatology.com/index.php?opt.
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Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for people with problems related to food. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. Area meetings take place at 10:15 a.m. every Monday at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Point Road, Palm Harbor; 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Northwood Presbyterian Church, 2875 State Road 580, Room 4, Clearwater; 11 a.m. every Thursday, First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin, 455 Scotland St.; and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays, Presbyterian Church of Palm Harbor, 2021 Nebraska Ave. Meetings are free and open to all. Call (727) 785-9208.
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