Merck Makes $3 Million Charitable Donation to Support Swim Across America


October 12, 2017 12:00 pm ET

Merck’s Contribution Will Help Swim Across America Raise $100 Million for Cancer Research Over the Next Decade

Merck Employees to Conduct Their Own “Swim Across America” Starting in 2018

To help support innovation in cancer research, Merck (NYSE:MRK), known
as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the
company will make a $3 million charitable contribution to Swim
Across America
. Established 30 years ago, Swim Across America, a
national nonprofit organization, was founded with the purpose of
granting the proceeds from its benefit swims to fund cancer research and
clinical trials.

“Every 15 minutes, 50 Americans are diagnosed with cancer,” said Rob
Butcher, CEO of Swim Across America. “The good news is that there is
hope for more Americans to become survivors than ever before, and Swim
Across America’s commitment to finding new cures and treatments has been
an important catalyst for that progress. We are going to apply Merck’s
contribution to better support our existing benefit swims and add new
ones with a goal of funding $100 million into cancer research and
clinical trials in the next decade.”

In further support of Merck’s mission of inventing for life, the company
will look to complete its own “swim across America” by establishing
Merck-sponsored teams at benefit swim events. Merck will kick off its
participation at the first 2018 Swim Across America event to be held in
Tampa, Florida.

“Merck is committed to advancing research and to giving more families
hope in the fight against cancer, and we know that that progress can
only come from many people and organizations doing their part,” said
Jill DeSimone, senior vice president, U.S. Oncology, Merck. “Swim Across
America has created a program that has inspired thousands of Americans,
including many Merck employees, to participate in their benefit swims
with the proceeds funding cancer research and clinical trials. We know
this contribution will help them do even more to fight cancer.”

Since its inception, Swim Across America has granted $70 million toward
cancer research. Additionally, more than 100 Olympians have donated
their time attending Swim Across America benefit swims and hospital

“I was at our first swim when we raised $5,000,” said Craig Beardsley, a
1980 Olympian and Swim Across America supporter of 30 years. “The Swim
Across America mission is a testimony to the human spirit of coming
together to try to solve a problem that has affected nearly everyone.
Merck’s contribution is going to allow us to speed up our ability to add
more swims so we can fund even more research projects.”

Swim Across America currently hosts benefit swims in Atlanta; Baltimore;
Boston; Charlotte, NC; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Greenwich, Conn.;
Kiawah, SC; Long Island, NY; Nantucket, Mass.; Rhode Island; San
Francisco; Seattle; St. Louis and Tampa, Fla.

Merck’s Focus on Cancer

Our goal is to translate breakthrough science into innovative oncology
medicines to help people with cancer worldwide. At Merck, helping people
fight cancer is our passion and supporting accessibility to our cancer
medicines is our commitment. Our focus is on pursuing research in
immuno-oncology and we are accelerating every step in the journey – from
lab to clinic – to potentially bring new hope to people with cancer. For
more information about our oncology clinical trials, visit

About Merck

For more than a century, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical
company known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has been
inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of
the world’s most challenging diseases. Through our prescription
medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products, we
work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver
innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to
increasing access to health care through far-reaching policies, programs
and partnerships. Today, Merck continues to be at the forefront of
research to advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that
threaten people and communities around the world – including cancer,
cardio-metabolic diseases, emerging animal diseases, Alzheimer’s disease
and infectious diseases including HIV and Ebola. For more information,
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