Jonathan Whiting - Family Photo

and help Jonathan meet his goal to raise $100,000

Lori's strength and attitude are the inspiration for my swim. She could not control the fact that she had cholangiocarcinoma and she stayed strong and positive through her entire journey. The thought of swimming across the English Channel is very scary. And I do have a choice. My choice is to use Lori’s inspiration to get me across, the same way she handled her cancer journey.

-Jonathan Whiting

English Channel Fast Facts

  • The English Channel is 21 miles straight across. Because of tides and currents, the swimming route is an S pattern making it closer to 26 - 28 miles.
  • It takes 7 hours to 27 hours to complete the swim
  • Water temperature is 57 - 60 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Fewer than 2,000 solo swimmers have completed the swim
  • Only 1 in 10 who train complete the swim
  • The swimmer is not allowed to touch another human while completing the route. Food has to be delivered by a long pole from the escort boat.

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Dear Team:

When I came up with the idea of swimming across the English Channel to raise money and awareness for cholangiocarcinoma, I had no idea what would follow. I knew I would honor my late wife Lori, and that idea gave me strength and purpose. I also hoped this mission would somehow help and benefit those currently diagnosed and those who may receive a diagnosis in the future. I felt I would continue the strength Lori showed me to help others.

What I discovered was something truly amazing. The support of the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation staff, who assisted me in my efforts, was unbelievable. It energized me and pushed me to meet my objectives. They were always there for me and always helping me.

In addition, the support of the cholangiocarcinoma community, including patients and caregivers, was also outstanding, as well as family, friends, and others that I wish I had the opportunity to meet. While swimming, during my most challenging moments, I would think of the people who supported me and followed my journey. I would also ponder what patients and families have been through and are going through. I could genuinely feel everyone's presence while swimming for our common objective, which made such a difference. Of course, the thought of Lori and my children, Cole and Emma, never left my mind.

Lori was never afraid. And I was never scared during my swim (thanks to Lori). But I think it's OK to be frightened. I believe there is great comfort and hope for everyone in our community. I experienced this from all of you. Therefore, I am saying thank you from the bottom of my heart.



Jonathan's Swim

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