Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Swimmer aims for his dream

Trying to conquer Lake Ontario


In early May, Jay Serdula dreamed that he was swimming across Lake Ontario, each stroke bringing him closer to the Toronto shoreline.

He could see the CN Tower looming larger. His body felt fresh and he was feeling good about making it ashore.

Yesterday that dream came true for the Kingston resident. Setting out from Niagara-on-the-Lake at 10 a.m., he is trying to swim across Lake Ontario to raise money and awareness for Asperger's syndrome, a disorder on the mild end of the autism spectrum that makes it difficult for people to adapt to new things.

He is scheduled to end his swim at Toronto's Marilyn Bell Park today between 3-6 p.m.

Serdula, 36, was born with Asperger's. He has prepared two years for this moment, and it's the preparation, he said, that should help him finish the swim.

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