Swim from the Heart 2017

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Friday, June 9, 2017, the second international Swim from the Heart meet took place in Haifa, Israel. Swim from the Heart is raising awareness and critical research funds to predict and prevent sudden cardiac death (SCD) in children and young adults–a major cause of natural cause of death in the United States and worldwide.

Participants will give of their strength, passion, and resources to swim in one of four heats (ranging from 1 km to 7.8 km) in the Haifa Bay—all in support of SCD research at Rambam.

If you cannot swim with us, then please make a donation in this life-saving effort.

What is Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD)?

Patients exhibit no warning symptoms until the fatal incident, making prevention difficult. In the young, SCD is usually due to inherited genetic disorders that may result in the death of otherwise healthy individuals. Particularly tragic is the sudden death of a young athlete with no previous exhibited physical problems. Clearly new approaches are needed to enable early detection, prevention, and management to assure a promising future for people at risk for SCD.

Did you know?

  • Sudden cardiac arrest is the principal cause of SCD in all children
  • Genetic diseases (channelopathies and cardiomyopathies) are the predominant cause of SCD in the young (50-60%) 
  • In Europe, 9,000 people under the age of 35 die each year from SCD
  • In the USA, 6,200 people under the age of 35 die each year from SCD


The Bench-to-Bedside Center for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) at Rambam will initiate multi-disciplinary and collaborative SCD research between Rambam experts, Technion researchers, and medical industry. This cutting-edge research will contribute to the development and implementation of new preventive and therapeutic strategies to detect and manage SCD in the young, whoever and wherever they may live.


With the taste of summer in the air we will arrive at the Haifa Bay. Swimmers will jump the waves and begin swimming along the curves of the bay with a magnificent view of the Carmel mountain range sweeping down to meet the shore. Joined by the thriving underwater life, giant sea turtles, and an occasional playful dolphin, swimmers will affirm life with each stroke as they Swim from the Heart.

Participants will gather shortly after dawn at the Café Midrachof on the Haifa Bay Promenade (near booth 3 on the Zamir Beach). Following registration, the swimmers will be taken by bus to their various starting points.

The swim route will be marked by special buoys; boats and kayaks with rescue teams and medical staff will be along the entire route in case of need. The heats will not be timed. However, medals will be awarded to all swimmers completing their track. In addition, a special prize cup will be presented to the first three swimmers completing each heat.

Swimmers have a choice of four different heats. All swimmers will meet at the Café Midrachof. 

Heat 1, single-track, 7.6 km:
This heat is for Expert Swimmers only age 16 and up. Swimmers will gather at the Café Midrachof at 05:15 and then be taken by bus to their starting point. The heat begins at 6:30 am. The organizers reserve the right, at their discretion, not to approve the participation of swimmer.

Heat 2, single-track, 4.5 km: 
This heat is for good and experienced swimmers age 14 and up. Swimmers will gather at the Café Midrachof at 05:30 and then be taken by bus to their starting point. The heat begins at 7:15 am.

Heat 3, double-track, 2.6 km: 
This heat is for above average amateur swimmers age 13 and up. Swimmers will gather at the Café Midrachof at 06:20 and then walk 1 km north to the starting point at Hacarmel Beach (next to Hotel Meridien). 

Heat 4, triple-track, 1 km: 
This heat is good for amateur swimmers age 12 and up. Swimmers will gather at 07:30 am and begin swimming at the beach outside of Café Midrachof. 

Register for a heat to Swim - Click Here!

Guest Book

jeanne M.
9 months ago

This is a gift celebrating the birthday of Meri Barer.

Michael R.
9 months ago

Kol Ha'kavod, Richard!

Kevin B.
9 months, 1 week ago

Levy, great work in what you are doing for this cause...and your dedication to the special sport of open water swimming. See you in the Bay!

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Campaign Ended

Thank you for your support!

Raised $57,946 out of $200,000

How can you help?

Funds raised by swimmers, or supporting swimmers, are dedicated to research and prevention of SCD at Rambam Health Care Campus.

You can still help us make waves by spreading the word to your friends, colleagues, and family.

Three ways you can help are to:

1. Make a gift, big or small to help us achieve our goal!

2. Spread the word! Tell everyone you know—family,
    friends, and community—about our goal and yours.

3. Set your own fundraising goal on your own page
    in minutes. Then ask friends to help you reach it; 
    give2gether tracks your progress and lets you see
    how your friends respond.

Donations are processed through the American Friends of Rambam and are tax deductible.


We Swam This Far—Let's Swim Further

Your donations for the first Swim From the Heart event dramatically helped Rambam researchers.

It was already known that young people and otherwise healthy individuals with inherited arrhymogenic syndromes can suddenly experience life-threatening arrhythmias leading to SCD. Your funding helped our researchers discover that many of these syndromes are far more widespread than was previously realized. This underscores the urgency for identifying those at risk for SCD.

Your funds contributed to genetic research that uncovered two new gene mutations responsible for life threatening arrhythmias. With this knowledge, Rambam researchers have set up a stem cell model to determine which gene mutations can lead to arrhythmias. Armed with this information, they can then begin working on novel therapies to detect and prevent SCD.

Your support for SCD research is more important than ever!

Life Savers

Anonymous A.
United States
donated: $25,000
The Gerzberg Foundation
United States
donated: $10,000
Eli Harari
United States
donated: $2,600
Gal H.
Ein Ayala, Israel
donated: $2,500
Levy G.
Los Altos, CA
donated: $1,818
Yossi Goren
donated: $1,100
Lennart Perlhagen
United States
donated: $1,000
Richard G.
Atlanta, GA
donated: $1,000
Masao K.
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
donated: $900
Masao Konomi
donated: $900

All Donors
Levy G.
Los Altos, CA
Inbar S.
Richard G.
Atlanta, GA
Denise C.
Rick H.
Hoboken, NJ
Rafi Beyar
Haifa, Israel
Levy G.

Raised $20,228
Richard G.

Raised $3,957
Inbar S.

Raised $3,700
Denise C.

Raised $930
Rick H.

Raised $699
Rafi Beyar

Raised $540
Cassandra P.

Raphe G.


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