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Local High School Students Swim for Awareness and Funds for Breast Cancer

DELTONA, Fla., October 29, 2013 – On Tuesday, October 8, three Volusia County high schools’ competed at an extra special swim meet at the Four Townes Family YMCA, 280 Wolf Pack Run in Deltona.

Approximately 80 swimmers from Atlantic High School, DeLand High School and University High School put on pink swim caps and suits for the third annual “Get Wet for the Set” swim meet for the dual purpose of honoring breast cancer survivors and raising funds for both Florida Hospital DeLand and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial. The funds raised will help fund screening mammograms and diagnostic imaging for local women in need.

“Our students wanted to do something to directly benefit our local community,” said Leanna Parrish, University High School Swim Coach. “These kids, they do a great job giving back and being aware of others. They wanted to do something to help their neighbors in the community, and that’s why we started doing hosting this swim meet three years ago. Doing something to raise funds for cancer screenings locally was important to them.”

At this year’s meet, the DeLand High School girls and University High School boys won the competition, but the real winners are local women who depend on the funds raised by these teenage athletes.

“These athletes and their families are a great bunch of caring individuals who want to give back to their community and we hope that this event will grow in years to come,” Parrish said.

About Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler
Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler is a member of the Adventist Health System, the nation’s largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider with a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation, with 44 hospitals within ten states, 79,000 employees, 7,700 licensed beds, and 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.

With five hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, Florida Hospital is the largest hospital system in the area, with 788 beds, 4,900 employees, and 650,000 patients every year. In 2012, Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler collectively contributed more than $110 million in benefits to the underprivileged, the community’s overall health and wellness and spiritual needs, and capital improvements.