Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

After an unanticipated stay in the hospital due to severe sea wasp stings that became infected, Chloë McCardel was released from a local hospital earlier today.

As she tries to catch up on her communications, she continues to manage her injuries and is not able to walk more than a few meters at a time.

Besides demonstrating a pain threshold rarely seen during and after her 41 hour 21 minute swim of 126 km in the Bahamas, she is also looking forward to volunteering again to coach English Channel relays that raise money for Swim Across America.

This year, two of her teams – Aquatic Water Buffalo and Four Buoys and a Girl – collectively raised US$125,000 for the cancer charity organization Swim Across America. Janel Jorgensen McArdle, President of Swim Across America, says, “Chloë was able to make 10 people’s dreams come true while helping us to raise a ton of money. She did a phenomenal job and we are excited to keep this initiative going on for our [top] fundraisers.”

As part of this initiative, McCardel offered her expertise to coordinate all the Channel Swimming Association and pilot administration as well as coach and crew while in England. “I assisted where I could so the swimmers could raise as much money for Swim Across America as possible. I wanted to raise indirectly as much funds as possible for cancer charity and to give back to the sport which has given us so much. I have reserved relay positions for 2016 and I will be volunteering in this manner every second year to keep this momentum going.”

McArdle agreed and was especially grateful for McCardel’s efforts. “Chloë was able to make 10 people’s dreams come true while helping us to raise a ton of money. She did a phenomenal job and we are excited to keep this initiative going on an every other year basis for our stud fundraisers.”

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