Valdosta Daily Times

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October 5, 2013

Swim event supports James Eunice Charity Fund

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VALDOSTA — TCT7: The Clock is Ticking 7 Mile Swim

On Sept. 18, the Second Annual TCT7, or The Clock is Ticking 7 Mile Swim held at Long Pond in Lake Park raised $6,000 for the fund.

The swim is named for a poem James wrote a year before his death, following the death of a fellow student. He titled it, “The Clock is Ticking,” and through the poem, James urges others to not let a day pass wasted, to glorify God by doing his work, and to remember that “Judgment is a heart beat away.”

Thirty-one swimmers participated in the event, with 18 in the one-mile swim, seven in the seven mile, three in the 3.5 mile and three in the 2.4 mile.

John and Tammy swam the one-mile, and volunteers from across the community and the sheriff’s department assisted by escorting swimmers in kayaks, boats and on paddle boards.

The last swimmer to finish, 22-year-old Audrey Goodale, completed the seven-mile swim in five hours, 13 minutes, and 19 seconds.

“Her father deployed the week before, and she wanted to do this for him. Her mother and grandmother were waiting for her at the finish and her mother had her Dad on the phone while they were cheering her on through that last stretch. Several volunteers escorted her in, encouraging her along the way. It was very touching, and very emotional,” said Eunice.

The family will be making additional donations from the money raised through the event, and Eunice said he is especially grateful for the many sponsors and volunteers.

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