UPDATE: July 15, 9:53 a.m.
Emily Epp has completed her journey across the English Channel in 11 hours and 57 minutes.
Everything went well, said social media organizer and Kelowna Aquajets coach Thomas Robinson, adding at one point she was stung by a jellyfish but it wasn’t concerning.
According to social media organizer and Kelowna Aquajets coach Thomas Robinson, she is about halfway across.
RELATED: Follow her journey with live updates here.
Swimming the English Channel is more than just a cool experience for the Kelowna teen. Emily is also using it as an opportunity to raise money for Canuck Place, a children’s hospice that has been an important place for the Epp family.
Emily’s mother Cheryl Epp said they started receiving care there about five years ago for their daughter Elan, who lost all of her motor control following a viral infection when she was 18 months old.
“Elan was pretty sick at that point,” she said of her middle daughter, who is now 15. “We were having a lot of issues with pain management and feeding. And really just helping her to have the best quality of life that she can have.”
Epp said the program has improved Elan’s life dramatically.