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NEWS: 9-Year-Old Swam San Francisco Bay to Raise Katrina Funds

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posted on Oct, 10 2005 @ 10:45 AM
A 9-year-old boy swam across San Francisco Bay from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park today to raise $30,000 for the American Red Cross to help Hurricane Katrina victims. The swim set a record for the youngest person ever to swim the shark infested 1.4 mile stretch of turbulent water. The boy has been swimming for the last seven years and has trained for three months for this charity swim.
SAN FRANCISCO - A 9-year-old boy will attempt to become the youngest person to swim the frigid, shark-infested waters between Alcatraz island and the San Francisco shoreline.

Johnny Wilson, a fourth grader from Hillsborough, will attempt the 1.4-mile swim on Monday just a few weeks before his 10th birthday - and just time to beat the age record set two weeks ago by a 10-year-old girl, said his coach, Rick Murray.

Johnny said he is raising money for Hurricane Katrina victims and has already drummed up $30,000 in donations.

Just after sunrise, Johnny will take a boat out to the infamous prison island, jump off at low tide and swim back in a trip he estimates will take about an hour.

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Kudos to this kid! What a brave young man to make this daring swim and for such a good cause. I'm so glad he made it!

Related News Links:
San Francisco Chronicle

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posted on Oct, 10 2005 @ 12:04 PM
It's really touching, the efforts to help the victims of this tragedy.

People reaching out in so many different ways, both large and small, it all helps ease the pain.

Thank You, to all the people who have done even the smallest things to help us in this time of need.

God Bless.


posted on Oct, 10 2005 @ 03:58 PM
Such stamina, strength, and determination in a child of that age is highly uncommon in this country. The wrong people could raise that kid to be quite a powerful weapon. Hopefully his heart will stay on the good side of life throughout his life.


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