Wilton residents swim to fight cancer

Wilton residents Greg Pinchbeck and Richard Nolan will swim 15.5 miles to help fight cancer during St. Vincent’s Medical Foundation’s 30th annual SWIM Across the Sound on Saturday, Aug. 5.

For the marathon, swimmers and boaters journey across the Long Island Sound from Danford’s Marina in Port Jefferson, N.Y., to Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport.

The annual event raises money to support more than 45 cancer prevention, education, screening and assistance programs, and helps provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families through St. Vincent’s.

This will be Pinchbeck’s second consecutive year participating in SWIM Across the Sound. Last year, Pinchbeck — an experienced open water swimmer — swam on a two-person relay team with Boston resident and fellow Gettysburg College alumnus Gregory O’Connor.

This year, he will swim on a two-person relay team with his high school friend and former swim teammate Bruce Dunbar, of New Rochelle, N.Y. The two will swim in memory of their high school swim coach David Allison, who had “a profound, lifelong impact” on them and “died from cancer too early,” according to Pinchbeck’s SWIM Across the Sound page.

Nolan, a competitive swimmer and student at Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield, will swim on a six-person relay team in memory of his uncle, who lost his battle with cancer in 2011, according to his SWIM Across the Sound page.

As of Aug. 3, Pinchbeck has exceeded his $4,000 fund-raising goal by $55, and Nolan has exceeded his $1,500 fund-raising goal by $300.

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