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Boy with disorder inspires 9-mile swim

posted August 6, 2007 @ 11:23 AM  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

~By TaLeiza Calloway

FREEPORT — Emily Nohner has always been a unique person in her uncle Al's eyes. Her commitment to social justice makes her stand out, he believes.

It led her to set a personal challenge to swim the circumference of Big Birch Lake — all nine miles of it — and then some.

Last year, as she was applying for the Truman Scholarship, Emily Nohner learned that Maddison Duncan, the nephew of her professor and mentor Chris Duncan, lives with severe cerebral palsy.

She decided to make the swim around the lake where her family has a summer home to draw attention and raise funds for cerebral palsy. After months of preparation, she completed the challenge Saturday.

Read on at the St. Cloud Times

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