Last weekend the DeKalb/Sycamore swimming co-op took on a challenge greater than just another long-distance swim workout.
Each member of the high school team swam 10,000 yards in the lap pool, honoring former teammate Grace Waller, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma during her sophomore year in 2008.
“Over the weekend, we challenged ourselves,” co-op coach Leah Eames said. “It was a very difficult task for the girls to take on.”
Waller went through chemotherapy and eventually was able to return to swim for the co-op team in high school. She set numerous school records and now swims for the University of Oakland.
The co-op team swam 20 500s paying homage to the 20 chemotherapy sessions Waller endured. She also broke the school’s 500 freestyle record as a senior.
“It’s a record that she broke in her final meet of her high school career,” Eames said. “It makes it a little more special than the other ones.”
Through the long-distance swim, the co-op team raised money for the Cure for Grace Fund, which was founded when Waller was originally
If interested in donating, checks payable to the Cure for Grace Fund can be mailed to DeKalb High School athletics with the attention of Leah Eames.