College of Charleston Professor Brian Lanahan plans to fulfill one of his dreams and swim the English Channel, hoping to raise $10,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
His mother, Mary Ellen Lanahan, died of lymphoma in 2006.
“Make it or not,” he says, “It’s been a transformative journey to me and I learned a lot about my physical limits and mental limits and that’s why I initally took it up.”
Lanahan says the exact time he will swim depends on the tides and weather conditions, but expects it to happen sometime between August 14-18.
In preparation for this 19 nautical mile channel swim, Lanahan says that he has trained off of Charleston’s coastline during the winter as well as partaking in a high-intensity training camp in Cork, Ireland during the summer.
“Channel swimming is actually relatively safe,” Lanahan says. “It’s very regulated. There have been deaths of people swimming the channel but in relationship to the total number of people who have attempted it…I think there’ve been 10 deaths in the last maybe 20-30 years.”
The average swim time across the English Channel is 13 hours. The average water temperature is 59-62 degrees.
Sheree Bernardi of Charleston affiliate WTMA contributed to this report