Last fall, a young Ontario girl was in a fundraising swim that raised $10,000 for a summer camp for children with cancer.
This summer camp is Camp Trillium. A fantastic place that “offers and promotes recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together. The Trillium Centre provides an environment that normalizes relationships and experiences, helping children and their families in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life.” (from their website)
The camp is free, it runs on fund raising and donations.
She visited Camp Trillium and was so moved that she asked to volunteer – but at 13 she was told that she was too young to help.
Undaunted and so moved by her experience she decided that this was a challenge. 13 was not too young. What 13 year old thinks they are too young?
So she decided to raise money on her own. She is 14 now.
Annaleise Carr was met with great cheers, hoots and clapping from her family members and a crowd of supporters, tv reporters and cameras with bright shiny lights… and lots of very happy faces, when she came out of lake Ontario at the Toronto waterfront Sunday, becoming the youngest person ever to swim across it.
27 hours in the water!
52 kilometers !!
SHE RAISED OVER 115,000 DOLLARS !!!!
After the swim she phoned her great grandmother to tell her she was finished the swim. Her Great grandmother told her that she knew, because she watched it on TV. Annaleise’s reaction was ” I was on TV, Why?!?!
Donations are still coming in, who knows where it will stop.
Too young indeed!
Go Annaleise! woo hooo You Rock!
This is what she had to say 20 hours after getting out of the water:
“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.
Michelle Siu / The Canadian Press
Annaleise Carr is embraced after she officially finished her record breaking overnight Lake Ontario swim from Niagara-on-the-lake to Toronto on Sunday August 19, 2012. The 14-year-old is the youngest swimmer to cross Lake Ontario and has raised well above her fundraising goal to help Camp Trillium, a camp for children with cancer.
“When I was about a kilometre away I could hear everyone and start seeing lights. At that time the current was really, really bad and it felt like I was going nowhere,” she said.
“That’s when I heard that I had gotten over $100,000. I was like really excited.”
Donations for Carr’s swim will send 115 children to camp for 10 days.
*passes out tissues*
That is inspiring.