Kansas students swimming 100-mile relay marathon 'Swim To A Wish'

Campus, Derby, North, Northwest taking part

WICHITA, Kan. - Students at high schools across Kansas are swimming hundred-mile relay marathons this weekend to raise money for Make-A-Wish Kansas.

Campus High School swim coach Kelly Kennedy started Swim To A Wish in 2013 to raise money for Make-A-Wish. Kennedy's daughter Aubrey had a cancerous tumor removed when she was four years old, and Make-A-Wish helped Kennedy's family.

"Make-A-Wish sent Aubrey and her family to Disney World, and so Kelly just always wanted to give back," said Campus assistant swim coach Steve Crum.

Each participating swim team will swim a total of 100 miles during the fundraiser.

"There will be one person in the water at all times," Kennedy said. Five swimmers from Campus High School are participating this year.

"Each leg of the relay is a mile, so each one of them swims a mile at a time," Kennedy said. "By the time it's all done, all five of them will swim 20 miles each." 

Campus and Derby High School swimmers are participating in the event at Genesis Health Club at 844 N Socora. Wichita North High School, Northwest High School, and two Salina schools are holding Swim To A Wish fundraisers at their schools.

"We're there 'round the clock," Kennedy said. "So, anytime that it fits, if someone gets off work at 3 in the morning, they're welcome to come by and cheer on the boys that are swimming or drop off a donation."

Kennedy said 100 percent of the donations will go to Make-A-Wish Kansas to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Swim To A Wish has raised more than $160,000 for Make-A-Wish Kansas so far. The fundraising goal this year is $75,000. To donate or find out more information about Swim To A Wish, click here.

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