Swimmers raise funds for ailing father of teammate

Swimmers raise funds for ailing father of teammate

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Swimmers raise funds for ailing father of teammate

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The Chuchville-Chili Lady Saints Swim Team completed nearly 63 miles of laps during a swim-a-thon to raise funds for a team member's ailing father. Here the team poses with the Shakeshaft family. John Shakeshaft (in green) has a rare, life-threatening disease that requires at least four new organs.

The Chuchville-Chili Lady Saints Swim Team completed nearly 63 miles of laps during a swim-a-thon to raise funds for a team member’s ailing father. Here the team poses with the Shakeshaft family. John Shakeshaft (in green) has a rare, life-threatening disease that requires at least four new organs. (Photo provided)

Twenty-five swimmers Sunday afternoon completed nearly 63 miles worth of laps during a swim-a-thon to raise funds for an ailing classmate’s family.

The Churchville-Chili Lady Saints Swim Team, along with three coaches, a coach’s daughter and a teacher, together completed 110,675 yards in the school pool within two hours on Sunday, raising more than $7,000 in the event, sponsored by USA Swimming.

The swim-a-thon was the brainchild of several team members, to support the ill father of a teammate, freshman Taylor Shakeshaft. Her father John has Chylous Ascites, a rare and life-threatening disease that will require him to receive a quadruple transplant (liver, stomach, pancreas and upper intestines) in order to live, said team coach Tracie Swalbach.

The team organized the fundraiser and collected thousands in just two weeks, far exceeding its expectations, Swalbach said.
Swimmers on Sunday swam back and forth for two hours as community volunteers counted laps and jived to music. The Shakeshaft family also attended the event, as Taylor Shakeshaft swam lap after lap with her teammates, Swalbach said.

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