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Parkite to swim the English Channel

Submitted by Candice Chaney

"Wow, you’re going to England! Are you going to swim the Channel?" was the most common question asked when Candice Chaney informed people that she was hopping the pond. Initially the response was a resounding, "No! That’s crazy!", but when a phone call was made, asking if she’d be willing to be part of a relay team to swim the English Channel, she couldn’t pass it up.

The team, known as the "Sea Snakes," are going to make the difficult journey in August to raise money and awareness for Aspire, a nationally recognized charity in the United Kingdom for spinal cord injuries.

Candice Chaney is a graduate of Park City High School’s class of 1996. She was on the swim team her senior year, and worked at the Racquet Club and Silver Mountain as a lifeguard and swim instructor from 1998-2007. During the winter, she worked as a ski instructor for the National Ability Center. It was there that she learned to appreciate the importance of recreational therapy, and independent living, regardless of ability. In 2004, she started nursing school, and upon graduation from Westminster College in 2006, she worked at the University of Utah’s inpatient rehabilitation unit, where she worked with spinal cord injuries.

"I am thrilled to be swimming the Channel in aid of Aspire," Candice said. "I love open water swimming, but this is one of the toughest, yet most exhilarating challenges of my life. Knowing the money I raise will be used to improve the lives of people suffering from spinal cord injuries is the best part of all.

"I’m taking part in this event for Aspire because I really believe in their cause. The charity provides practical support for people living with spinal injuries. They provide accessible housing and independent living advisors, as well as assistive technology and grants for specialist equipment, like wheelchairs and IT equipment."

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