Amanda Mercer Says Yes When Told No

Amanda Mercer Says Yes When Told No

You can’t swim the English Channel.”

That was the prediction and advice of Amanda Mercer‘s doctors who are treating her breast cancer.

That was the final determining factor, that I was going to do it,” Mercer told Sports Illustrated, “No matter what.”

So she set out and continued to train for her 2-way relay with Jenny Sutton Jalet, Bethany Williston, Emily Kreger, Susan Butcher, and Melissa Karjala across the English Channel this year.

The 44-year-old former Michigan State swimming captain and her teammates – all former collegiate swimming teammates – have raised over US$75,000 to date for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. They will prove their mettle in the Channel next month in a two-way crossing attempt of the existing all-female record of 19 hours 7 minutes.

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