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 registry, while providing a great opportunity for memorable team fun that saves lives.
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.