Good Day Atlanta viewer information: July 26, 2021

Local mom honors daughter through ambitious swim schedule: 

All you have to do is watch the Olympics right now to see that swimming is a full-body workout and a great way to get in shape.  But it turns out the sport can do more than build muscle and endurance — it can also save lives.

Swim Across America is an annual charity swim that takes place in cities across the country — including Atlanta — with the goal of raising money to fight cancer. Locally, the event has taken place since 2013 and has raised more than $2 million for Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

This year’s Swim Across America — Atlanta Open Water Swim will happen at Lake Lanier Olympic Park in Gainesville on Saturday, Oct. 2, starting at 8:30 a.m.  

The event is open to swimmers of all ages and abilities and features a half-mile swim, a one-mile swim, a 5K, and something called SAA My Way, which is a virtual way to participate.

Local swimmer Vicki Bunke will be there at the Atlanta Open Water Swim — it’s one of more than a dozen open water events in which she’s participating this year. Bunke’s daughter, Grace, passed away on March 25, 2018 after living with osteosarcoma for four years. 

Grace was a well-known swimmer and a fierce supporter of Swim Across America, and so her mother planned the "Amazing Grace Tour" of swimming in 14 Swim Across America open water events in 2021 to honor the 14 years that Grace lived and the 14 swim meets in which she took part during her lifetime.

To donate to Vicki Bunke in honor of Grace, you can click here.   Swimmers can fundraiser on behalf of Grace by joining Team Amazing Grace — click here for more information.  And for a preview of this year’s Swim Across America — Atlanta Open Water Swim, click the video player in this article. 

Dr. Neil Winawer gives the latest on the Delta Variant: Dr. Neil Winawer from the Emory School of Medicine joins us live with the latest COVID-19 news. For more information on Dr. Winawer's live COVID-19 Q&A on Instagram follow him @neilwinawer.

"ATL Homicide" returning for a third season: "ATL Homicide" follows detectives Quinn and Velazquez as they recount their personal experiences solving cases, alongside dramatic recreations that place viewers in the front seat of the action.  Season three premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on TV One. Click here for more information.

Atlanta Wedding Extravaganza is back with new events: The fun starts on Aug. 8 at The Hotel at Avalon in Alpharetta. A new highlight this year is the "Sip, Stay, and Say I Do" package, a two-day event including two VIP tickets to the Extravaganza, an overnight hotel stay at the Hotel at Avalon, champagne, treats, boutique shopping discounts, and a private cocktail party. For tickets and more info click here.

Clark Atlanta University canceling student balances from 2020-2021 school year: The past year has been rough for many people - college students included. Most were forced to learn digitally instead of being inside the classroom with their instructors. It was also difficult financially for those who couldn't work, or their parents may have been jobless. Clark Atlanta University has decided to clear students' account balances from the last five semesters. Mani Millss gives details on the huge announcement. You can follow her on Instagram @ManiMillss

Pet of the day from the Humane Society of Cobb County: For more information on how you can adopt today's pet of the day click here.