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Swim Across America checks fund local cancer research

Grant Martin, 11, swam under the Golden Gate Bridge in September, and he says he’ll do it again. Why? Because Martin wants to follow in his mother Desanne’s footsteps, who also participated in the local effort of nonprofit initiative Swim Across America, and because he has benefited directly from the funds the nonprofit has raised for local hospitals. Martin had surgery for cancer and now only has one kidney. He can’t play contact sports but otherwise he’s doing well — and he can swim.

Swimmers cross Bay to raise funds for cancer research

About a year and a half ago, Steve Barbour, the CFO of Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream, decided to take up swimming to get back in shape. While he had loved the water while growing up in southern California, he had stopped exercising regularly and his inactivity was beginning to show on his 52-year-old frame.

A Berkeley July 4th

There’s not a single story to how a community celebrates July 4th — it’s a kaleidoscope of images and experiences. Berkeleyside asked its community to tweet, Facebook, send photos to Flickr, blog and comment on how it spent a Berkeley 4th. We used Storify to tell the tale.