Thank You for Making Carly's Crossing 2013 a Success!
You did it! Thanks to the participation of 320 swimmers, 150 volunteers and hundreds of donors and sponsors – Carly’s Crossing 2013, presented by Upstate Pharmacy LTD., raised over $100,000 (and counting!) for pediatric cancer research and year-round patient care programs through Carly’s Club at Roswell Park! Check out photos from the event here. Use the password: crossing to access the photo album. Watch our video for a special message from Carly’s Crossing and patients that have benefitted from your support. We look forward to seeing all of you next summer at the 12th annual Carly’s Crossing so save the date: Sunday, August 10, 2014!
Carly's Crossing is a unique, open-water swim event (the only one of its kind in Western New York!) that brings hundreds of swimmers and spectators each year to Buffalo's waterfront in support of pediatric cancer research and patient support programs through Carly's Club at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Carly's Crossing features three different course options:
- 600-yard non-competitive swim
- 1-mile non-competitive swim
- 1-mile timed, competitive swim
Swimmers raise pledges to participate in one or more of the featured courses but there are plenty of opportunities for non-swimmers to get involved, too! No matter if you are a swimmer or not, be sure to join us for the on-land party that includes live music, basket raffles, food, games, activities and prizes! Check back often for details about the day’s schedule.
Thank You Boys’ ECIC Swimming! Congratulations and thank you to the Boys’ Erie County Interscholastic Championship swimmers for participating in the Carly’s Crossing “Sign a Cap” fundraiser which raised nearly $12,000 to kick off fundraising for Carly’s Crossing 2013. The following teams participated in collecting $1 signatures on their swim caps:
|Alden Central High School
Amherst Central High School
Casey Middle School
Clarence Senior High School
Clarence Middle School
Frontier Senior High School
Hamburg High School
Heim Middle School
Iroquois Senior High School
|Jamestown High School
Lakeshore High School
Lancaster High School
Maryvale High School
Mill Middle School
Orchard Park High School
Pioneer High School
Springville Griffith Institute
Starpoint High School
|Sweet Home High School
Transit Middle School
West Seneca East Senior High School
West Seneca West Senior High School
Williamsville East High School
Williamsville North High School
Williamsville South High School
Founded in 2003 by Joe Zwierzchowski to memorialize his dear friend Carly Collard Cottone, Carly’s Crossing began as a marathon swim (26.2 miles) that a team of approximately forty swimmers tackled together. Participants swam in pairs taking turns swimming one mile at a time. Unfortunately, stormy weather halted the inaugural event mid-marathon. In 2012, two days before Carly’s Crossing, a group of the original swimmers finished the remaining 13 miles to complete the marathon as a celebration of the event’s 10th anniversary. Today, Carly’s Crossing features three different course options for swimmers of all ages and participants raise pledges to support pediatric cancer research and patient care programs through Carly’s Club at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.