Silton vs. Cancer

For many summers, during the 90’s and early 2000’s, The Silton Swim Team has participated in the American Cancer Society's Swim Marathon.  This event raised cancer awareness and money towards cancer research and local families. In 2006, Coach Danielle and her husband, Philip, lost their dear friend, Douglas Rillo, to brain cancer.  Doug was diagnosed with a brain tumor in the fall of 2005 while attending Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.  Doug fought an amazing battle for a year but lost his fight on September 21, 2006. Doug was 21 years old. In 2007, the Silton Swim Team continued the ACS Swim Marathon tradition and established Silton vs. Cancer in honor of Douglas Rillo. Beginning in 2016, Silton vs. Cancer has partnered with The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation in Wall Township, New Jersey.  Proceeds from our event are donated to local families throughout Monmouth County, New Jersey.

The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that has been providing services to families in New Jersey for over 25 years. The distinctive feature of the ECF’s program is the tailored package of support provided at no cost to the family.  The foundation is a tax-exempt 501-C-3 organization privately funded by the contributions of individuals, corporations, foundations and community groups.  The ECF provides a variety of specialty services, at no charge, to any New Jersey family facing the challenges of caring for a child with cancer.  ECF provides the following services: Professional in-home counseling, advocacy on behalf of the families, material support such as food, clothing, toys, and household items, and financial relief.

Each summer, Silton swimmers participate in this event, not only in Doug's honor, but in the honor of family and friends who have passed away, overcome, or who are still fighting this horrible disease.  Since 2007, we have added some very important people to our Silton vs. Cancer fundraiser.  We swim in memory of the following people who were very close to our Silton Family:  Douglas Rillo (New Providence NJ), Dr. E. David Morgan (Manasquan NJ), Don Corson Jr. (Wall NJ), Kevin Leete (Harwich, MA), Betty Ann Moore (Kearney, NJ), Coach Carl Mayo (Neptune NJ), Coach John Amabile (Spring Lake Heights NJ), Thomas O'Neill (Berkely Heights NJ), Nancy Grahill (Asbury Park NJ), Annamary Smith Larkin (Belmar NJ), Ann Carpenter (Wall NJ), Frances M. McCarthy (Sea Girt NJ), Allie Hopper (Brick NJ) , George Panasuk (Wall NJ), Peter Nestler (Summit, NJ), Harvey Meldrum (Manasquan, NJ), Charles Newbury (Manasquan, NJ) and Thomas Capestro (Brick, NJ).


·         Swimmers will swim as many laps during the first hour of the event while keeping track of how many laps they swim.  Donations are then collected either by raising money per lap or collecting any monetary donation.

·         $5 entry fee.

·         Gift raffle with over 75 prizes.  Attendees will purchase tickets for the raffle during the evening.

·         100 % of the funds raised will be donated to The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation.

Cost for Raffle Tickets:

10 Tickets: $5.00

22 Tickets: $10.00

35 Tickets: $15.00

50 Tickets: $20.00