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Teen's Lake Ontario swim raises $115K to send kids with cancer to camp

A teenager believed to be the youngest person ever to swim across Lake Ontario has raised $115,000 to send kids with cancer to camp.

Annaleise Carr, 14, says when the going got tough during her 27-hour swim from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto, she thought about the children at Camp Trillium.

“As I got into the water on Saturday, I just kept thinking about Camp Trillium and what I was doing it for,” she said.

“I didn’t want to give up when I thought about how much the kids at Camp Trillium have been through and what they have to go through their entire lives.”

Donations for Annaleise’s marathon swim will send 115 children to camp for 10 days.

At a news conference less than 20 hours after she climbed out of the water, Annaleise said she was really excited to hear how much money she raised.

Speaking in Port Dover, Ont., she said with one kilometre left in her swim the current was bad and it felt like she was going nowhere, but she could hear her supporters cheering and that kept her going.

“It starting to get tougher and tougher, but my coach and swim master kept urging me to keep going,” she said.

“Then I started getting updates on how much money I’d raised … [It reached $90,000] and by that time I knew I couldn’t stop after all those people donated and helped me through it.”

Annaleise, who’s from the tiny community of Walsh in southern Ontario, says it took a while to convince her parents to let her do the 52-kilometre swim.

With files from CityNews.ca staff