ALS, a vicious disease, has hit hard the McConnell family from west suburban Chicago. But they hit back with intelligence and guts aimed at bringing in more money for ALS research. Five years ago, Doug McConnell swam the English Channell, supported by the familial team,  as a fundraiser and personal challenge. Karma appeared and on the day Doug reached land in France, a major new paper on ALS was published in Nature, with the work undertaken at a lab at Northwestern supported by Doug and his family.

Today, Doug is back in the water for another long swim, this time trying to become only the 39th person to ever cross between two Hawaiian islands about 27 miles apart. Go team go. You can watch and/or donate at A Long Swim on Facebook.