Workshop/APD Rallies Behind Swim Across America Nantucket

August 20, 2020

This has undoubtedly been a challenging year for everyone. With the arrival of COVID-19, our office shifted to a work-from-home scenario and spread out across the country, relying on virtual meetings, meetups and competitions to stay connected and foster the same familial, collaborative culture we enjoyed in-person.

There are some things that Covid cannot change, and our belief in community is paramount. We are especially grateful for ours, and know our social responsibility to the places we work and live remains constant. For years we have been steadfast supporters of Swim Across America, and its critical mission to fund cancer research and treatment has not wavered in these difficult times.


This summer, we are participating in SAA Nantucket’s virtual “Coast to Coast” challenge, a new spin on its annual open water spin, as a united Workshop/APD team for the first time. We’re making waves in a different way, by walking, running swimming and biking (alone but together) and logging our physical activity in a group effort to make it across the country and back to benefit cancer research, prevention and treatment on the Nantucket and beyond.

Our team captain and founding principal Andrew Kotchen, has been a force in SAA fundraising efforts over the last seven years, raising nearly $150,000 for the organization’s efforts to fight cancer. This year, we have raised more than $35,000 and counting.

To view our progress, join our team or support Team Workshop/APD’s trek across America, you can visit our team page here.

Swim Across America Nantucket funds life-saving cancer research and clinical trial through open water charity swims. Its mission also directly supports Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s oncology program, which brings world-class oncology services to the island and allows patients to access cancer care close to home. Similarly, SAA-Nantucket funding supports direct care and services on the island that provides care to patients and families who are coping with cancer, free of charge.