14-year-old becomes youngest person ever to swim across Lake Erie

Six hours into her swim across one of the largest lakes in the world, 14-year-old Julia Notebomer was cold and exhausted.

“My hips and my shoulders started getting really sore and cramped by doing such a repetitive motion,” she told CBC Kids News. “It was getting really tough.”

For the first time during her 20-kilometre swim across Lake Erie, she considered throwing in the towel.

But then she remembered what got her there in the first place: her desire to help a charity that makes dreams come true for sick kids.

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