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Update – A Long Swim – Across the English Channel – for ALS Research


Doug is now the 48th person over 50 to swim the Channel !! The journey was over thirty miles and 14hours.

The ALS fundraising also is a success. It’s approaching $150k.


ALS is one of the world’s miserable diseases. It’s also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. More research is needed to stop the disease.

To that end, a friend from college fraternity days has embarked on a remarkable fundraiser which goes forward today: the journey is swimming the English Channel, starting in Dover today at about 1:00 (UK time).

He is Doug McConnell, and the project is called A Long Swim. Doug’s twenty-one mile journey is to honor his father (a victim), to raise money for ALS support and research through the Les Turner ALS Foundation, and to embrace a great challenge and adventure after more than a year and a half of arduous training.

The Les Turner ALS Foundation sponsors cutting edge scientific research. For anyone so inclined, donations can me made through its web page.

Doug’s progress can be tracked online The boat accompanying him is called Sea Satin.

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