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Iowa woman to swim English Channel for cancer research

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CORALVILLE (KWWL) -

"A lot of people want to run marathons and things like that, but I've always been a swimmer," said Cheyanne Boddicker, looking over the Coralville Reservoir on Sunday afternoon.

Boddicker has been swimming since she was five. In about four months, she'll attempt to swim the English Channel. She's doing it to raise money for the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center in Iowa City. As a University of Iowa student, she worked on a research project there with a doctor, and got inspired.

"Getting to see the passion and the discipline that goes into it, and you know, these doctors are around the clock doing surgeries and working with patients, but they still set aside time to research to try to find a cure," Boddicker explained.

She hopes the swim will bring more attention to a disease that has touched her life, and the lives of so many others.

"I had a grandfather who had fought cancer for 10 years by the time he passed away," Boddicker told us.

She has been training in and out of the water with her brother for the past several months.

"We're getting up to about 28 miles a week, and then we hope to get up to about 30 a week," Boddicker explained.

She tried to start practicing in the Coralville Reservoir just days ago, but thanks to a chilly spring, the water wasn't ready for safe swimming.

"Even with the wetsuit it was too cold; it was like 38, 39 degrees," Boddicker told us.

Hopefully, conditions will be right for an attempt at the 19-nautical mile swim this August. If you'd like to help Boddicker reach her goal of raising $25,000 for cancer research, go to her website here.

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