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MEDIA ADVISORY: Former Olympic Swimmers Visit UCSF to Raise Funds for Pediatric Cancer Care

WHAT: Former Olympic swimming legends are coming to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital to meet with young patients in the hospital’s school room. Patients will share their Olympic-themed art projects, and participate in a game of Olympic trivia. These same Olympians will be participating in a1.5-mile swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to Crissy Field on Saturday, Oct. 5, in the eighth annual “Swim Across America San Francisco to Fight Cancer.”

WHEN: Friday, October 4
Media are invited to attend from 11am to noon.

WHERE: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
505 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA

WHO: Olympians include: Heather Petri (2012), Ericka Lorenz (2004), Craig Beardsley (1980), Mike Bruner (1976, 1980), Sean Nolan (2000), Susan Heon-Preston (1984), Allison Wagner (1996), Mike Kiedel (2000), and Dana Kirk (2004).

CONTACT: Media planning to attend must RSVP to Juliana Bunim at (415) 476-8810.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:  The event is the main funding source for UCSF’s Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program, which helps pediatric cancer survivors maintain physical and emotional health for the rest of their lives – through clinical care, education and research.  

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the forefront of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital. For more information, visit www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org.