Thursday, August 7, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

Annaleise Carr
Annaleise Carr: How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer, by Annaleise Carr as told to Deborah Ellis, 144 pages.
@SPL:  J 797.21092 Carr

 “I can’t do this”, I thought.

“But then I remembered the kids at Camp Trillium.” 

Just before fourteen-year-old Annaleise Carr began her gruelling marathon across Lake Ontario on August 18, 2012, she had a moment of self-doubt. Then she remembered her inspiration: her brave friends at Camp Trillium. Annaleise was trying to raise money for the facility, which provides a wonderful summer camping experience for children with cancer.

Annaleise knew that in some ways her battle to conquer Lake Ontario would be similar to a battle with cancer. It would be long and difficult. There would be unexpected challenges. It would require great determination – but it was a battle that she was determined to win.

Then she was off!

“Just keep swimming!” the determined teen told herself over and over again during the many kilometres, the never-ending waves, the cold, the weariness and the exhaustion of the next 26 hours and 41 minutes.

Because of the wind and high waves, Annaleise wasn’t able to stay on a straight course, and her marathon became many kilometres longer than planned.

When she finally reached the other side of Lake Ontario, the teen became the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario. She was thrilled to receive a congratulatory phone call from Marilyn Bell, the first person to swim across the same lake, in 1954. 

Later, Annaleise was presented with the 2012 TVO Kids Super Citizen Award, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and a host of other awards. Best of all, she had raised over $200,000 for Camp Trillium.

Canadians have recently heard more about this courageous young teen from Norfolk County, Ontario, because she has just completed a swim across Lake Erie to raise more money for the camp.

Annaleise’s story is both powerful and inspiring. Photos are included.

** Recommended for ages 8 to 13 years.
This review was published in the Stratford Gazette. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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