New Amsterdam City Swim Raises Nearly $500,000 for ALS Research Initiative

July 2, 2015

New Amsterdam SwimOn June 21, the New Amsterdam City Swim raised nearly $500,000 for Project MinE, an international effort to sequence the genomes of people with ALS.

Over 400 swimmers swam one mile in the Hudson River off of Manhattan, helping to raise awareness and funds for the U.S. arm of the project. The event, which coincided with Global ALS Awareness Day, was the first city swim to take place in the United States and continues a three year tradition that began in the Netherlands. The swim was followed by a family festival that included food, music, and live entertainment.

Project MinE in the United States was made possible by funds from the 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and seeks to sequence the genomes of 1,000 Americans with ALS. Funds from the swim will help the project reach this goal by increasing the number of genomes sequenced. These sequenced genomes will become part of an international ALS genome database and will be made available to ALS researchers for investigations into the causes of ALS. Project MinE in the United States is headed by researchers at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The initiative. For more about Project MinE, read the October 2014 announcement.

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