American cancer survivor to swim Shannon for charity

Cancer survivor Dean Hall from Oregon in the United States plans to be the first person in history to swim the entire length of the River Shannon.

No stranger to long distance swimming, Dean became the first person to swim 184 miles of the Willamette River in his home state in 2014.

Hall will also be raising awareness of childhood cancer and hopes to raise funds for Childhood Cancer Foundation during this 20-stage swim, which starts on June 5 on the northern shore of Lough Allen and finishes on June 27 at Bishops Quay in Limerick.

Hall will be swimming what is considered by Ironman triathletes as two to three marathon distances a day to complete this 150-mile swim. At age 57, he believes that cancer recovery and life are much like marathon swimming.

“They are only restricted by the limitations we impose upon them,” he said.

To follow Dean Hall’s journey on the River Shannon his blog can be found at ‘Swimming In Miracles’ on Facebook or at

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