A Charity Swim To Benefit RISE Above Paralysis

I am disappointed to report that I was unable to complete my swim across the English Channel.  Of the many items I prepared for and expected out of the Channel, motion sickness was not on the list.  We completed 11 miles, roughly 1/3 of the distance.  Unfortunately, my strength drained because of the sickness and being unable to take in more fuel.  My disappointment is tempered by knowing the magnitude of the challenges I overcame just to be in the water.  Thirty minutes into the swim I said to myself, “I’m swimming in the freakin’ English Channel!”  I was excited then and I am excited now thinking back on the experience.
RISE Above Paralysis is the real champion of this event.  We were able to highlight the services their peer mentoring program provides to the newly injured.  I am happy to report that collectively we raised over $27,000 for our durable medical goods foundation.  I am humbled and astounded that nearly 200 people and companies answered my call for support.  Mere words of gratitude are insufficient to express how I feel towards you.
People exhibit courage in myriad forms.  New spinal cord injury patients exhibit courage immediately when they wake in the hospital.  I would like to highlight a person who demonstrated a tremendous amount of courage during this journey, Jill Lancaster.  Jill was a member of our support crew and in charge of organizing my feedings.  Jill is also highly susceptible to seasickness.  Jill knew with a high probability that she would be sick at some time during the 15 hour total journey on the boat, even though she was using prevention medication and still bravely went on board to support the swim.  I noticed at one point the crew was holding Jill by her ankles as she leaned over the side.  It made my heart swell to know how much she cared about this effort and the lengths she was going to support me.  Thank you, Jill.
It is tough to say goodbye.  This will be my last charity event.  I thank each of you for your interest and support of my little ventures.


“The irony of spinal cord injury is this — in one second your life changes. Everything you know is gone and it takes more than you know to start again.”

On August 9th, Trent Theroux is going to attempt to swim across the English Channel.  The channel measures 21 miles from England to France. However, the currents move northeast to southwest making the swim up to 30 miles long.  The English Channel is considered to be the most challenging marathon swim in the world. In fact, three times more people have climbed Mount Everest than swam across the Channel.  As a sign of solidarity with the spinal cord injured community, Trent will make the entire swim backstroke.