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Eric Young, flanked by boats, swam the length of Lake Belle Taine Saturday to raise funds for Parkinson’s Disease, which claimed the life of his mother in December. The swim took 3 hours, 55 minutes. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)
Eric Young, flanked by boats, swam the length of Lake Belle Taine Saturday to raise funds for Parkinson’s Disease, which claimed the life of his mother in December. The swim took 3 hours, 55 minutes. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Swimming Lake Belle Taine for Parkinson’s

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By Sarah Smith / Enterprise

Eric Young, flanked by boats, swam the length of Lake Belle Taine Saturday to raise funds for Parkinson’s Disease, which claimed the life of his mother in December. The swim took 3 hours, 55 minutes, he said. “It was hard like I knew it would be, but having so many friends along the route along with all of the folks who came down to their docks to cheer me on made all the difference,” Young said. “My mom was with me all the way too, especially when things got a little difficult. The GPS on the canoe with me said the distance was 5.86 miles. It was a heck of a challenge - my shoulders got extremely fatigued and I had some cramps in my calves,” he added. “It was a day I'll always remember.” His goal was to raise $7,500 for research.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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