St. Vincent’s Swim Memorial Service

BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut – June 21, 2018 – St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound is hosting the 21st Annual Interfaith Memorial Service on Sunday, August 5 at 8:30 am at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport. Registration begins at 8:00 am. The event is free of charge, open to all, and will celebrate the lives of family members and friends lost to cancer.

The Memorial Service seeks to remember and carry on the spirit of those who have died from cancer. The service provides an opportunity for families and friends to heal after the loss of loved ones, and to acknowledge the importance and contribution of every life. It is another way that St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound supports area residents in the fight against cancer. The service is sponsored by Miriam Raubvogel in memory of her sister Linda Waterman and the Waterman family.

Prayer, musical tributes, inspirational readings by St. Vincent’s leadership and oncology staff, and refreshments will be included. P. Thomas Landry, Pipe Major in the Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band, will be escorted by the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree, Connecticut District, who will form an honor guard for the procession of participants. The event will also feature soloist Tyler Cervini of Trumbull, the “Just Voices” Chorus, and a symbolic candle-lighting ceremony.

A highlight of the service will be the reading of the names of the deceased, followed by participants scattering sunflowers from a boat into Long Island Sound. The sunflower, representing the glory of life, has become the symbol of the Memorial Service over the years.

Refreshments will be served after the service. The event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, please contact Lucinda I. Ames of St. Vincent’s Mission Services at 475-210-5550 or

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About St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound
St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound is a charitable not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization run by the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation of Bridgeport, CT. Since 1987, the SWIM has had a unique niche helping individuals and families struggling through the difficult changes that cancer brings with it. The SWIM serves approximately 30,000 people annually by providing over 45 programs, including cancer education, screening, prevention and support programs at low- or no-cost for the uninsured and underinsured. In addition, the SWIM helps individual cancer patients on a case-by-case basis with specific financial assistance, funding of wigs and prostheses, medication assistance, free transportation to treatments and appointments, day-care scholarships, support groups and more. For more information, contact the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation at (203) 576-5451 or visit