UPDATE: Stevens unable to complete swim due to weather
Sun, 28 Jul 2013 03:49:39 GMT —
Earlier this week, WNWO Sports shared Ryan Stevens' story of his battle with Crohn's disease and how he was hoping to make history this weekend by swimming 24 miles across Lake Erie to raise awareness and money for Crohn's disease. Unfortunately, Stevens was unable to complete the swim.
Due to Saturday's and Sunday's forecast, Stevens had to move his swim from Saturday to Friday night. He made it about six miles before he started suffering from symptoms of hypothermia and then the weather got bad.
Stevens said he is regrouping and weighing his options about if and when he will attempt the swim again. The Cleveland Clinic released the following statement about Stevens' attempt and effort to raise awareness:
"We congratulate Ryan on an incredible effort. Though he didn't complete the swim, Ryan's real goal was to raise awareness for Crohn's disease and inspire those who suffer from it, and as all those who have been touched by Ryan would agree, this goal was accomplished. Ryan also has been working to raise funds for Crohn's and Colitis research at Cleveland Clinic. Thanks to all who covered and supported Ryan."