Two local swimmers will participate in Swim Across America's 23rd Annual Boston Harbor Swim

Participants in the Swim Across America jump into the water to being the fundraising event that will this year include two local swimmers.

Jennifer Luker of Marblehead and Carla Dropo of Beverly will be swimming in the 23rd annual Swim Across America Boston Harbor Swim on Friday, July 12, to support pediatric cancer programs at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and MassGeneral Hospital for Children. 

Luker and Dropo will swim in Boston Harbor with Olympic swimmers Janel Jorgensen McArdle, Alex Meyer, and Eric Wunderlich.

On the SSA website,, each swimmer has a donation page and a summary about themselves and what brought them to enter this race. Luker and Dropo each have their own donation site with a personal summary.  

"I joined the SAA community so that, together, we can change that. I am challenging myself by swimming in the Boston Harbor Swim and raising as much money to fight cancer as I can. The money you give will go towards cancer research, prevention and treatment and will make an impact in the fight to find a cure. Thank you for your generosity and may it lead to a cancer-free world!" said Luker in her summary. 

On Dropo's donation page, she explains that she will be participating in the race again, implying that she has been a swimmer of SAA in past years. 

"I will swim passionately in memory of my beautiful big brother Jeff-rarely a day goes by that I don't feel his presence, especially when I am on the water. I will also swim in memory of my wonderful friends Tom Regan, Ed Colbert, Michelle Shatford, sister-in-law Patti Welch, and brother-in-law Larry Finn-Welch. All of these family members and friends displayed inner strength and compassion for others during their journeys with cancer giving me a clearer understanding of the meaning of life," read Dropo's summary. 

 The Swim Across America Boston Harbor Swim is a 22-mile relay-style open-water swim beginning from Rowes Wharf behind the Boston Harbor Hotel. A minimum fundraising pledge of $2,000 is required for people to participate. To register, support a swimmer, or for more information, visit

Swim Across America (SAA) is a non-profit organization that hosts events from Boston to San Francisco in order to support cancer research at the country's finest hospitals and institutions. 

Money that is raised locally at SSA stays local in order for swimmers to know that their efforts will directly benefit the community. 

The proceeds from the Boston-area swims benefit the David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic at Dana-Farber. Here, experts help pediatric cancer survivors with many different issues such as long-term effects of treatment, social and psychological concerns, and the risk of second cancers. Proceeds will also benefit the ongoing research of David Sweetser, MD, chief of medical genetics at Mass General Hospital for Children. His research is focused on identifying novel and non-toxic therapies for the treatment of acute leukemia.

“Swim Across America’s Boston Harbor Swim is such a wonderful day filled with incredible swimmers and volunteers. It is inspiring to see swimmers of all ages come together in the fight against cancer. Having the opportunity to do something you love and support a great cause is the best feeling,” said Kitty Tetreault, event director, Swim Across America Boston.