GREENWICH, Conn. -- Julian Fraser had been an important part of Terry Lowe’s Greenwich High School swimming teams. Now, Lowe and others affiliated with the program will be supporting Fraser and his fight against cancer in the upcoming Swim Across America.
Fraser, a Greenwich High grad and member of the Santa Clara water polo team, was recently diagnosed and is currently receiving treatment for osteosarcoma. The cancer develops in the bones, and most cases of osteosarcomas occur in children and young adults. It usually develops in areas where the bone is growing quickly, such as near the ends of the long bones, according to American Cancer Society.
Lowe, Greenwich girls coach Lorrie Hokayem and nearly 60 other members of “Team Julian” will raise money for Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy at the Swim Across America from Stamford to Greenwich on Saturday, June 25. Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, based in Stamford, is the nation’s only nonprofit dedicated to cancer gene and cell therapy.
They are doing so to support Fraser, a 2014 Greenwich graduate. He helped the school’s water polo team compile a 31-1 record in his four years, including three Beast of the East titles. He scored 115 goals as a senior and was a second-team All-American. He also part of two relay teams for the Cardinals in swimming, which won three state titles in his four years.
At Santa Clara, Fraser red-shirted as a freshman. started 25 of 33 games and ranked fifth on the team in goals (26), fifth in assists (20), and third in steals (22). He was also named to two All-Academic teams.
Team Julian closed in on $25,000 in fundraising as of last week, and ranked second among all teams in fundraising.
“As a Greenwich High School community, we stand behind Julian as he goes through treatments and we are challenging ourselves by swimming in the Greenwich Open Water Swim and raising as much money as we can to fight cancer,’’ Team Julian posted on its fundraising page.