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Dr. Bryan Huffman, an ophthalmologist from Holland, swam across Lake Erie in
in the early hours of Friday, June 28. His journey began off the coast of Dunkirk, New York, and ended in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada, where he crawled ashore after 16 hours and 22 minutes in the water.

“Lake Erie was a great adventure for everyone involved,” says Huffman. “I think everyone who swims like that comes away a little changed.”
Bryan Huffman with his wife Stacy.
Huffman completed the 26.7-mile swim as part of a years-long effort to raise scholarships for the Holland Aquatic Center (HAC) swim instruction program.

As a freshman at the University of Michigan, Huffman volunteered in an emergency room to learn about the world of medicine. One night, he witnessed the grief of a family whose young son drowned in an accident. Since then, he has been an advocate for the value of comprehensive swimming instruction and has completed several marathon swims to raise money for HAC swimming instruction scholarships.

Huffman’s marathon efforts began in 2022 when he swam across the English Channel from England to France. In 2023, he attempted to cross Lake Michigan but was stopped halfway by a mechanical failure on his support boat. Later that year, he swam 28.5 miles around Manhattan Island, known as the 20 Bridges Swim.

He and his wife, Stacy, communicate with their supporters through a Facebook group where they post comprehensive updates before, during and after each of these major endeavors. Each update ends with a reminder to donate to the HAC Swim Lesson Scholarship Fund and a link to make it easy to donate.

“The real purpose of these swim meets is to raise awareness about the importance of making children ‘waterproof,'” Huffman says. “Our ultimate goal is to prevent countless tragedies by funding swim lessons for children in West Michigan.”

Later this summer, Huffman will attempt to cross the Catalina Channel, which separates Santa Catalina Island from the Southern California mainland.

A donation form and more information about Huffman’s activities can be found at https://hollandaquatic.org/bryans-big-swims/.

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