Among the best community events of the summer, the 9th annual Swim Across America Nantucket open water swim is happening in person, and a little early this year, at Jetties Beach on July 24. Swim Across America Nantucket raises funds for Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s oncology program, and Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket (PASCON). Over the past eight years, thanks to hundreds of swimmers, donors and volunteers including co-event directors Jill Roethke and Jim Pignato, SAA Nantucket has raised more than $3 million for on-island cancer treatment and patient care. In addition to the open water swim at Jetties Beach, this year’s event will also feature a virtual “SAA My Way” option, so you can participate whether you’re on-island or not. Anyone can register to swim, volunteer or just donate, at SwimAcrossAmerica.org/Nantucket. As a preview to this year’s event, here’s a selection of photos from last spring’s SAA Solo Run for Hope, which illustrates the kind of commitment that has made Swim Across America Nantucket one of the most successful fundraising events on the island.

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