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Lake Isle Club Swims In Fight Against Cancer

From left, young swimmers like Natalia Benejam, Alexa Benejam and Eva Cantalapiedra have participated in Swim Across America at the Lake Isle Club in Eastchester.
From left, young swimmers like Natalia Benejam, Alexa Benejam and Eva Cantalapiedra have participated in Swim Across America at the Lake Isle Club in Eastchester. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Lake Isle Club swimmers of all ages will hit the pool at 6 a.m., Saturday, in the club's annual fund-raising event for Swim Across America-Long Island Sound's fight against cancer, now in its 21st year.

The event is the last of several local pool swims where volunteers and teams of swimmers do laps to raise money for local cancer support, research and other related work.

Natalia Benejam, who swam as a 11-year-old last year, set her sights high to help others. “I did it because I wanted to see if I could swim a mile, and I did it,” Benejam said. “But this is because we raised money to help people.”

Proceeds from this year’s swims will benefit the Cancer Support Team (serving lower Westchester), the Tommy Palazzo Fellowship for Columbia University and Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at New York-Presbyterian, The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Swim Across America and DeMatteo Research Laboratories, and United Hospice of Clarkstown.

To join Swim Across America-Long Island Sound, visit the Swim Across America website . Donations may be made online, or make checks payable to Swim Across America, P.O. Box 217, Larchmont, NY 10538.

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