Lake Ontario swimmer, 14, raises $115K to send kids with cancer to camp
By Adam Miller, Canadian Press
PORT DOVER, Ont. — As metre-high waves crashed down upon 14-year-old Annaleise Carr in the chilly waters of Lake Ontario in the middle of the night, the money she was raising to send kids with cancer to camp kept her going.
The Ontario teenager, believed to be the youngest person ever to swim across the lake, raised $115,000 with her 27-hour swim from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto for Camp Trillium (a 52 km+ journey).
Less than 20 hours after she emerged from the water after her marathon swim, Carr stood before a bank of television cameras to talk about her feat.
“As I got into the water on Saturday I just kept thinking about Camp Trillium and what I was doing it for,” she said.
“I didn’t want to give up when I thought about how much the kids at Camp Trillium have been through and what they have to go through their entire lives.”
Through the night the water started to become wavy and the swim got tougher and tougher, Carr said. When the morning light broke a pacer helped lift her spirits by making funny faces, she said.
“Then I started getting updates on how much money I’d raised and it was going up like crazy,” Carr said.
“I got told $50,000 and I was already over my goal and I started swimming harder. I got told $60,000 and I didn’t want to stop.”
The tally kept climbing and Carr said she knew she couldn’t stop.
At the end, donations for Carr’s swim will send 115 children to camp for 10 days and she became the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario