Haysville: Record year for Swim To A Wish

On April 12, Campus High School’s Swim To A Wish team presented Make-A-Wish Kansas with a check for $14,265. Present for the presentation were, from left: LeAnne Miller, Make-A-Wish Kansas CEO; Caitlyn Kleve, Make-A-Wish Kansas events manager; team member Austin Rector; Campus High School head swim coach Kelly Kennedy; team members TJ Lolling, Payne Wiseman, Blake Chadd and Devon Ferris; CHS assistant swim coach Steve Crum; and team member Daine Crum. Contributed photo/USD 261

By Sam Jack

Campus High School’s 2018 Swim To A Wish team raised $14,265 to support the Kansas Make-A-Wish Foundation.

That total is up from last year’s $12,269 and beats the fundraising from all five of the event’s previous years. $14,265 is enough to fully fund one “wish” for a Kansas child with a serious illness, and it is a few hundred dollars shy of fully funding a second wish. Wish recipients often go to Disney World or take a cruise with their families.

Campus swim coach Kelly Kennedy started Swim To A Wish, and the event has been taken up by other area schools. Teams of five combine to swim a total of 100 miles, without stopping. This year, the Campus team members got into the water at Genesis Health Club around 5 p.m. on Friday, March 23, and did not stop swimming until about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25.

“It just amazes me that the kids do this every year, and the money supporters amaze me. I just continue to be amazed every year at the support of the community and the determination of these kids,” Kennedy said.

Campus was tops in terms of fundraising this year, $12,000 ahead of second-place Derby High School.