ATLANTA — Update: Organizers told us the event helped raised $6,000 for the Brain Tumor Foundation and Our House.
Gwinnett County teen London Asher Brown organized a swim-a-thon to support charities supported by Channel 2 anchor Jovita Moore.
“It’s a story, and I want to be part of her story,” said Brown.
The teen has two loves currently: swimming and Channel 2 Action News. He is especially fond of anchor Jovita Moore.
“She’s someone, that I always grew up to and always looked up to as a younger person. It just made me want to help her,” said Brown.
Moore is battling a form of brain cancer. London wanted to help her on this journey, the only way he knew how, by swimming and encouraging others to swim too.
“It’s amazing. It’s amazing, because at first, i didn’t know how to do anything. I didn’t know how to get the pool. I didn’t know how to get swimmers. Everyone just came together, like i said, a community. Everyone just came together,” said Brown.
Brown organized a 24-hour swim-a-thon he named “A day for Jovita.”
People contribute to brain cancer organizations and they swim. The participants then swim for as little as 15 minutes or in some of the relays lasting a full 24 hours.
Leann Rossi, swimmer and cancer survivor, is just one of the people participating in the event.
“I’ve been watching channel two for over 20 some years, since I’ve lived here, and i feel for Jovita and the whole Moore family, and I want to do my part.”
Brown says he is doing this because of the influence Jovita Moore has had on his life.
“I would say, Ms. Jovita, we’re here for you, and I say we’re doing all this for you, just because we want you to know how much we appreciate you. Not just me but everyone who’s doing this.”
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