Asheligh Beacham, a 15-year-old teen from Komoka, Ontario, has finished a 52-km swim across Lake Ontario and raised thousands of dollars to send a young leukemia patient to Disney World.
"There was a time I didn’t know if I’d make it, but I persevered. I just kept thinking of Josh,” Beacham told the Toronto Sun on Sunday after finishing her swim.
Josh Donellan, a five-year-old boy with leukemia, will be going to Florida because of Beacham's efforts and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She's already raised more than $10,000 for the charity.
Beacham began her swim at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday and finished around 18 hours later, reported the Toronto Star.
“The hardest part for me was probably the dark. Those first couple of hours in the dark were terrifying, I didn’t know what I was doing . . . It was so disorienting,” she told The Star.