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.