Breast cancer survivor Sarah Thomas has become the first person to swim the English Channel four times non-stop. She began her marathon at 12:07 am BST on Sunday morning and finished it just over 54 hours at 6:30 am on Tuesday. The 37-year-old has dedicated her achievement to fellow breast cancer survivors. While in the past swimmers have crossed the English Channel three times non-stop, Sarah is the first to do it four times. This Cancer Survivor Turns a 'Bald and Beautiful' Bride! See Viral Pics as She Spreads Hopes and Smiles All over the Internet.
Sarah's team said that she had to face windy seas during her feat. Talking about her thought after finishing the second leg, Sarah said that she wanted to quit, but her husband motivated her to keep going. The open water ultra-marathon swimmer completed cancer treatment last year. Her support team said she uses "swimming as her means of coping with the (cancer) treatment".
Sarah Swimming Across The English Channel:
In a Facebook post on Saturday, Sarah dedicated the swim to "to all the survivors out there." She wrote, "This is for those of us who have prayed for our lives, who have wondered with despair about what comes next, and have battled through pain and fear to overcome. This is for those of you just starting your cancer journey and those of you who are thriving with cancer kicked firmly into the past, and for everyone in between." Sarah said that she was thankful to her team for staying by her side. They supplied her with water bottles filled with nutrition supplement during the swim. A video of her swim live-streamed on Facebook showed a small crowd cheering her.
Aerial Shots of Sarah Thomas Swimming the English Channel:
Sarah who is an open water ultra-marathon swimmer completed cancer treatment last year. She completed her first open-water event in 2007 swam across the Channel in 2012 and then again in 2016. A swimmer had similarly crossed the English Channel in 2017 after completing her breast cancer treatment.