Thanks to our sponsors and teams for an AMAZING SWIM. Your contributions will help match stem cell recipients all year long!

Check out pictures from the event here

It's amazing what we can accomplish together... in the lake or in the lab.

When you're facing a bone marrow transplant, community really matters. You're way past chemotherapy and radiation. All you have left is this final chance to reboot your body's immune system with a stem cell transplant that is nothing short of miraculous. Even your blood type can change to the donor's blood type for life.

But where can you find that precious one-in-a-million stem cell donor match?

This swim provides the critical dollars needed to test for matches, get stem cells to the right recipients, and reboot healthy lives. Just by participating in this event, you're part of that miracle.

Longtime Swim for Life participant Annette donates stem cells at BloodworksNW to a patient in need.  She joined the registry through the event and was called to donate two years ago.

BloodworksNW (previously Puget Sound Blood Center) is a leader in facilitating bone marrow/stem cell matches and a world leader in blood research. Now in its 19th year, the BloodworksNW Swim for Life event raises critical dollars for testing and life-saving matches from the national bone marrow donor registrywhile providing a great opportunity for memorable team fun that saves lives.

This event is made possible by:


You'll appreciate the Fidelity Difference.

Raymond James Financial Services



We see a world with endless possibilities.


Excellence in Process and Product.

Delta Dental

Everyone deserves a healthy smile.


Biking made easier.

Roche Diagnostics

Doing now what patients need next.


Alan & Susan

Foley's Produce 

Virginia Mason Medical Center


The Commerce Bank of Washington

CHI Franciscan Health

Event sponsors: See why your company should be listed here!

Help us reach our goal of $90,000

$81,692 raised so far,   $8,308 to go!



What are you doing August 17?

Swim for life is a uniquely team-based swim across Lake Washington. A team is up to four similarly-paced swimmers and a kayaker, so you always have built-in morale support and your own safety boat near you.

This swim’s unique approach to teaming builds team spirit and a collective feeling of accomplishment; many swimmers who meet each other in this event continue to swim together over the year and return as a team (or two teams!) the next year.

Congratulations to John Daly, winner of a brand new CHANGE Mountain Bike from FlatBike!!!

Keep on fundraising for your chance at other great prizes, including an event t-shirt for everyone who raises $50 or more.

Make this a summer to remember!

  • Event Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016.
  • Venue: Across Lake Washington, from Medina Beach Park to Madison Park (2.5 miles)
  • Cost: $160 per team. Registration is by team of up to 4 swimmers and a kayaker (or 2 if in a double). You can register first and invite team members later as you build a team.
  • Registration:  Open from May 1 until August 10 or until all 85 team spots are filled.
  • Remember: Teams are expected to stay together for the entire crossing. If your team needs to split up during the crossing for any reason, flag down a roving wave kayaker FIRST for a safe transition.

Top 5 Teams
Kayak Chasers $5,415.00
Cellebration $3,964.00
New Wave $3,620.00
WhiteCaps $3,015.00
Concur $2,560.00
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Top 5 Fundraisers
Alan Schulkin $ 10,552.00
Liz Azose $ 3,814.00
Bob Forgrave $ 2,650.00
Kathy Forgrave $ 2,500.00
Lee-Lee Miao $ 2,150.00
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Top Waves
Green Wave $12,795.00
Yellow Wave $8,715.00
Red Wave $6,399.00
Pink Wave $5,370.00
Orange Wave $1,465.00

This is a SWEET fundraising site by Blue Sky Collaborative