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P U T Y O U R B E S T selfie forward! 1 4 8 2 5 B a l l a n t y n e Vi l l a g e Wa y • S u i t e 2 8 0 • C h a r l o t t e N C 2 8 2 7 7 • w w w . b a l l a n t y n e s m i l e s . c o m CAROLINA DENTAL ARTS Of Ballantyne Village FREE Take-Home Whit ening Kit New patients only. Upon completion of necessary treatment. Mention this ad to redeem. Welcoming New Patients 704.369.5200 Complete Dentistry for Adults & Children $400, and awards go to the highest fundraisers, not the fastest swimmers. With a slogan of "Making Waves to Fight Cancer," SAA lives that reality. In 2016, SAA made grants of $4.5 million to fund research and clinical trials. Since its founding in 1987, SAA has contributed more than $65 million toward the develop- ment of immunotherapy treatments. Prior to his current role, Butcher was executive director of U.S. Masters Swimming and served on SAA's board of directors. A former high school and collegiate swim- mer, he has a personal motivation for leading SAA: his mother died of stage 4 appendix cancer in 2008. When Butcher researched poten- tial beneficiaries for the Charlotte swim, Dr. Derek Raghavan, president of Levine Cancer Institute, shared a list of clinical research programs that needed funding. "Because SAA is largely focused on good health and young people and young ath- letes doing noble work, we agreed that perhaps a focus on some of our younger (leukemia) patients would be appropriate," says Raghavan. SAA's business model requires that all proceeds from a swim stay in that local community. In Charlotte, the money will fund clinical trials and laboratory research spearheaded by Dr. Jonathan Gerber, director of the institute's leukemia section. For an event site, Butcher reached out to his friend, Ben Pinegar, executive director of the Lake Norman YMCA, which has one of the few Y waterfronts in the country. Near Interstate 77, the site is essentially a private cove with 12-foot-deep water. Participants will swim loops around the cove. Registration for the inaugural SAA Charlotte Open Water Swim runs until Sept. 15. To swim or vol- unteer, visit www.swimacrossamerica. org/charlotte. Charity Impact: SAA provides seed money for cancer research. SAA's $65 million in grants have served as a catalyst for an estimated $200 million in additional funding that beneficiaries might not otherwise have received. Lead Corporate Sponsors: 7-Eleven, Cisco, Accenture, SwimOutlet. Ballantyne Location: Three full-time employees work at SAA's headquarters in the Ballantyne Corporate Villas off North Community House Road, occupying 700 square feet of space. Charlotte Olympians: Ricky Berens, Mel Stewart, Jilen Siroky and head Olympic coach David Marsh are expected to participate in the SAA Charlotte Open Water Swim and to visit patients at Levine Cancer Institute. BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2017 88 Who Knew?

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