24 hours of swimming comes to an end

CREATED Aug 27, 2014

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It’s a swimming competition – for a good cause. The swimmers on the Arrowhead High School team swam 24 hours. They’re highlighting the “I Back Jack” foundation.

“They are raising money and raising awareness to find a cure for childhood cancer,” explains Coach Ruth Ann Ahnen. “I think there’s nothing more devastating than losing a child.”

Jack Bartosz battled childhood cancer for years, before passing away in 2012. Senior, Maddie Barta, was his neighbor and even babysat Jack.

"I remember his positive attitude and determination,” shares Barta. “He'd always make a sad and stressful situation into a happy one."

The swimmers gave it their all. But after 24 hours of swimming, the team was exhausted. Some were in pajamas, others napped on benches and even an air mattress.

“When you get tired, you just jump back in the pool, and it wakes you up” explains swimmer Hope Weil. “And you eat a lot of sugar. I guess it’s working.”

Coach Ruth Ann had one last surprise for her weary team: she cancelled this afternoon’s swim practice. It was enough to give the girls just enough energy to finish their final lap.

Donations to the foundation are being accepted here: http://www.ibackjack.org/