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Swim Across Bear Lake to Raise Funds for Service Dogs for Children With Autism

Swimmer James Jonsson will attempt to swim 38 miles in under 20 hours to raise money for a crowdfunding campaign for children with Autism.

PRLog - Aug. 1, 2014 - SANDY, Utah -- South Jordan swimmer, James Jonsson, will be attempting an unprecedented swim later this week at Bear Lake. James will be doing what he is referring to as Bear Lake x2 – 20. This translates to swimming the length of Bear Lake (about 19 miles) twice in under 20 hours. His total distance will be about 38 miles. The swim is planned to start at about 6:00 pm on August 1 and, if all goes according to plans, he should make his first landfall by 3:30 am August 2 and finish on the opposite shore at 1:30 pm.

For his Bear Lake x2-20 swim, he will have a large support team with a boat and kayaks. For feeds, he will be taking power bars, GU and hot chicken noodle soup every 45 minutes.

James is an experienced open water swimmer with many accomplishments to his name. He is very familiar with Bear Lake and currently holds the record for the fastest lengthwise crossing with an incredible time of 8:43:26.

James grew up on the shores of Hawaii, where he fell in love with open water swimming during ocean workouts.  A job change brought him to Utah where he now swims our beautiful lakes and reservoirs.

James has been training for this swim for almost a year. He did his shorter workouts in the early months at a local rec pool until it warmed up enough for him to get in the lake. His family likes to kayak next to him for his long swims, which are usually done in Deer Creek and surrounding reservoirs.

James has graciously volunteered to swim to raise money for a crowdfunding campaign that is raising money to help children with Autism get service dogs. Most children with Autism are drawn to water so it is fitting that James will be swimming to help raise awareness and money for this cause. Service dogs make an incredible difference in the lives of children with Autism, helping keep them safe and calm, while also enabling the entire family of the child lead a normal life.

Please support James Jonsson’s swim as he fights to raise funds for children with Autism while also accomplishing this amazing feat. To learn more about the Service Dogs for Children with Autism campaign, visit the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/service-dogs-for-child...) today.

About Service Dogs for Children with Autism

The Service Dogs for Children with Autism crowdfunding campaign is raising money to train and purchase therapy dogs for children with Autism. Children with Autism are often drawn to water and dangerous situations. Families of children with Autism struggle on a daily basis to keep their children out of harms way while also leading a normal life. Sometimes it is impossible for these parents and children to find peace of mind in the simplest of situations.

A service dog for such a child is a jack-of-all-trades and a close companion. The simple presence of a service dog has been shown to lower blood pressure, calm the child, and provide outlets for interaction for a child who can't seem to 'fit in' anywhere else. These dogs don't judge; they don't make fun. They are loyal friends and companions whose mere presence vastly improves the life of the child.

A service dog receives an enormous amount of training. A service dog is trained to use their keen sense of smell, combined with other senses and the bond the dog creates with their charge, to track down a lost child. This campaign is raising money to purchase these expensive, hard-trained service dogs for five young children with Autism. Please donate today.

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Source:Service Dogs for Children with Autism
City/Town:Sandy - Utah - United States
Industry:Family, Non-profit
Tags:crowdfunding, indiegogo, service dogs, autism, children with autism
Last Updated:Aug 01, 2014
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