In 2009 Noah Sarkin was critically injured and without Arkansas Children’s his bother Cade said he wouldn’t be alive today.
“He had a head injury and we had to drive him all the way to Little Rock because that was the nearest hospital that could take care of him,” said Cade.
Nine years later Noah lives a nearly normal life. Now his family is using his injury as inspiration to help raise money for others who end up in similar situations.
In 2010 Noah and Cade’s father Steffan established the English Channel Challenge, a solo swim that crosses the English Channel. Since its inception he has participated in 7 annual swim challenges, including successfully crossing the English Channel in 2017.
In October Steffen brought a version of the swim challenge to Fayetteville Athletic Club.
“My dad and the FHS swim team swam for 24 hours. My dad swam the whole 24 hours and the swim team swam in relays,” Cade revealed.
Sheil Sharma, who swims on the Fayetteville High School swim team also participated in the event, trading off with other swimmers to swim alongside Steffan. “It was really inspiring to see people step up at 2:00 a.m., jump in the water that was probably about 40 degrees and swim for an hour.”
Over the course of 24 hours $10,000 was raised for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation. This money will go towards several programs associated with the hospital.
“I’m very surprised. I’m super excited for the amount. I’m thankful for everything we’ve done,” Cade shared.