Northwestern-to-Northwestern

A Long Swim Announces the Northwestern-to-Northwestern Swim to Celebrate Collaboration

2020 has been a difficult year for all non-profit organizations, as fundraising has been disrupted with traditional models of events and other gatherings. A Long Swim is no different, and the realities of this year have caused us to remind ourselves of why we started A Long Swim in the first place. Swimmers never shrink from a challenge, so we have used the circumstances of 2020 to recommit ourselves to the mission we have had from the beginning:

“To use open water swimming to raise funding for collaborative ALS research.”

While there is a lot packed into that mission, the keyword is “collaborative.” Marathon swimming is the purest team sport ever, as a swimmer quite literally puts their life in the hands of their teammates. A Long Swim would be nothing without that teamwork, and we found the ALS research lab that perfectly reflects that commitment.

The Ozdinler Lab at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University is culturally and structurally committed to ALS research collaboration. It is no surprise, then, that the resulting pace of discovery emanating from the Lab is accelerating all the time. With its relationships with other ALS research centers, the Ozdinler Lab has collaborations in every time zone around the world. To paraphrase what used to be said about the British Empire, “the sun never sets on Ozdinler Lab.” We couldn’t be more thrilled to support Hande and her collaborative efforts.

Since 2011, A Long Swim has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to ALS Research at Northwestern and will be happy to do so till patients become ALS survivors.

Ozdinler Lab is considered a world leader in the study of upper motor neurons, the neurons that are responsible for the initiation of movement in the brain, and the neurons that die in ALS patients and also die in other motor neuron diseases, such as HSP and PLS. Therefore, discoveries will have a huge impact.  The Ozdinler lab focuses on understanding the causes of neurodegeneration, identification of biomarkers, and finding new drugs for ALS, which is a collaborative effort with Dr. Richard Silverman and received a $3.1 million grant from NIH. While A Long Swim has helped fund a number of projects in the Lab, it is particularly proud of the work being done under the Ellen McConnell Blakeman ALS Research Fellowship. Mukesh Gautam, PhD, is the “Ellen Fellow,” and we are so proud that he is receiving international recognition for his ALS research work as well.

Perhaps one of the most productive collaborations of the Ozdinler Lab, however, is with the members of the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP) at Northwestern University Evanston Campus. It is this linkage, this collaboration, this teamwork, that has led A Long Swim to the announcement of the 2020 Signature Swim that will link the two campuses of Northwestern and celebrate the partnership between the Ozdinler Lab at the downtown medical campus and the CLP at the Evanston campus.

It is this linkage, this collaboration, this teamwork, that has led A Long Swim to the announcement of the 2020 Signature Swim that will link the two campuses of Northwestern and celebrate the partnership between the Ozdinler Lab and the CLP.

Northwestern-to-Northwestern Swim to Celebrate Collaboration

On Sunday, September 13th, we will be taking A Long Swim from Northwestern-to-Northwestern.

We will start at 7:30 in the morning off the beach at the Evanston Campus, swim south in Lake Michigan to the Feinberg Medical School near Navy Pier in Chicago.

At thirteen miles, the swim could take less than seven hours, though conditions in Lake Michigan can be unpredictable and capricious.

As the day approaches, watch www.ALongSwim.org about how to track our swim.

In the meantime, donations will be humbly accepted at our CrowdRise campaign.

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Join us on Wednesday, September 9th for our Virtual Launch Party where marathon swimmer and A Long Swim Executive Director, Doug McConnell, will be talking all things Northwestern-to-Northwestern.

Join the Zoom Launch Party at 7 pm on September 9 by clicking the button below.

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