Dates Set for Against the Tide Swim & Walk

QUINCY, Massachusetts, June 2. DATES and venues for the 2004 Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition "Against the Tide" one-mile swim and three-mile walk are as follows:

Boston Metro
June 26: Hopkinton State Park – Hopkinton Reservoir,
Upper Beach
Off Route 85 at park entrance
Hopkinton, MA 01748
Check in 7:30 a.m., swim at 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m.

Cape Cod
August 21: Nickerson State Park – Flax Pond, public beach
Off Route 6A at park entrance
Brewster, MA 02631
Check in 7:30 a.m., swim at 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m.

"Against the Tide" events are fundraising events dedicated to the fight against breast cancer and are specifically designed to provide support and inspiration to individuals and families touched by this disease. The money raised from "Against the Tide" is used to find the causes of breast cancer and seek real prevention of the disease.

Each event includes a competitive swim at 9 a.m. for swimmers who can complete the one-mile course in 30 minutes or less, a fitness/recreational swim at 9:30 a.m. and a three-mile fitness walk at 10 a.m.

Participants can register for one or both events by calling (800) 649-6222 for an entry form. On-line registration is available at

Participants must raise a minimum of $100 in contributions for the benefit of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition for each event in which they participate and should register by June 21 for the Hopkinton event and August 16 for the Brewster event.

Registration materials include tips for preparing for an open water swim or a safe walking experience, a sample fundraising letter for soliciting donations and a list of fundraising ideas to help participants increase their effectiveness in raising funds.

“Funds raised by the 'Against the Tide' swims and walks are crucial to helping save women’s lives,” said Deborah Forter, Executive Director of MBCC. “This year in Massachusetts alone, 4,700 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 900 will die from it. The fight to eradicate this disease is not over.

Paulette Caron Andreas was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 24 in 1980. “Breast cancer can strike women of all ages. I hope that families will participate in the walk/swims and help support MBCC in their quest to find the preventable causes of breast cancer.”

The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is a nonprofit organization committed to stopping the breast cancer epidemic in Massachusetts through activism, advocacy, research and education. Founded in 1991, the MBCC’s focus is on finding the causes of breast cancer and seeking real prevention of this devastating disease. For more information call 1-800-649-MBCC or visit Donations may be sent to Against the Tide/MBCC, 1419 Hancock Street, Suite 202, Quincy MA 02169.

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