FAIRFIELD - It didn’t take Alec Keblish long at all to decide to brave the waters of Long Island Sound and help two of his Fairfield Prep swimming team teammates who are taking part in the 10th annual Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford charity.

“A friend of mine on the swim team, Kevin Lydon and his brother Andrew, know a boy from Greenwich High School that is fighting cancer,” Keblish said. “They got involved in it and a couple of weeks ago and they asked me if I wanted to do it. I wasn’t going to turn that down.”

So, Keblish, 15, who just finished his freshman season at Prep, will be part of a team looking to raise $300 to help the Swim continue its fight for cancer research when the Swim takes place on June 25. Funds raised by this Swim will help benefit the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT), the nation's only non-profit dedicated to cancer cell, gene and immunotherapy.

More than 200 swimmers and close to 100 land volunteers and boaters will take part in the Swim Across America.

“Cancer affects so many people I’m looking forward to trying to raise some money to help. I’m looking to raise $300 but I haven’t started my fund-raising yet,” Keblish said. “There is a group of Prep swimmers and Greenwich swimmers involved in this. This is the first time that I’m going to be involved in the Swim.”

According to statistics, over the past nine seasons, the Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford has raised more than $2.8 million dollars to support ACGT. Over 1,600 swimmers have taken part in the race since its creation on 2007. The Swim is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events. To learn more, visit swimacrossamerica.org/greenwich.

Keblish, whose prime event was the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06), started swimming when he was seven years old.

“It was pretty much competitive from the start,” Keblish said. “My mom was a competitive swimmer and she started my brother (Bryce) when he was like, 9 or 10 and he got really good and now. He’s at the University of Virginia. When he started swimming and I wanted to do it too.”

Keblish will be looking to swim a mile and a half as part of his fund-raising.

“I’ve never really done any long distance swimming before, especially in the Sound, so this will be a good opportunity for me,” he said. “I’ll probably try to swim a couple of times in the Sound but other than that, I’m just going to out there and do it.”

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