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Young swimmer honoring late friend

POSTED: July 28, 2014 12:03 a.m.
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Griffin Egolf is participating in the Livestrong Foundation’s Swim for Your Life fundraiser, in which people swim in Lake Lanier with the names of people affected by cancer written on their bodies.

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SOUTH FORSYTH — Eleven-year-old Griffin Egolf will be swimming in Lake Lanier this September in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who have died from the disease.

This will be Egolf’s second time participating in the Livestrong Foundation’s Swim for Your Life fundraiser, in which people swim with the names of people affected by cancer written on their bodies.

On his chest will be the names of those who have died, while his arms and legs will sport the names of cancer survivors.

People who donate to the effort have suggested names for him to honor with his swim.

“Whoever donates money … can send us a name or two of people they know who have died or survived,” he said.

On Egolf’s back Sept. 20 will be the name of Lily Anderson, a 12-year-old girl who died in 2012 from neuroblastoma. He knew her from school, and they lived in the same neighborhood.

Egolf decided to put her name there so she could see it from heaven. It was Anderson who inspired him to join the fundraiser after he saw a flyer for it.

“He thought it would be good for him to swim in memory of [Lily],” said his mother, LeeAnn Egolf.

She said her son enjoyed the experience last year, particularly the opportunity to meet other swimmers, including local Special Olympians who participated.

“He felt really good about himself doing something good for other people,” she said.

While he has already surpassed his fundraising goal of $3,000 for the event at Lake Lanier Islands, donations to the foundation can still be made through its website.

 

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