2006-08-24 / Front Page

Kellie Nightlinger Swims Straits To Benefit Camp

By Paul Gingras

Kellie Nightlinger emerges from the Straits of Mackinac at St. Ignace after swimming from Mackinaw City Sunday, August 20. She holds a waterproof bag with a change of clothes, which had just been thrown to her by Russ Nelson, a friend who helped supervise her progress from a boat. Miss Nightlinger made the swim to raise money for Angels Among Us Youth Grief Camp. Kellie Nightlinger emerges from the Straits of Mackinac at St. Ignace after swimming from Mackinaw City Sunday, August 20. She holds a waterproof bag with a change of clothes, which had just been thrown to her by Russ Nelson, a friend who helped supervise her progress from a boat. Miss Nightlinger made the swim to raise money for Angels Among Us Youth Grief Camp. As she faced a five mile-perhour headwind and cool, choppy water in the Straits of Mackinac, Epoufette conservation officer Kellie Nightlinger thought of friends who had died in the line of duty and the children they left behind.

"They gave me inspiration," she said.

Miss Nightlinger swam the fivemile stretch from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace in two hours and 20 minutes to raise money for Angels Among us Youth Grief Camp, which she will open next summer. It will be a fun-filled, educational camp for children who have lost parents in acts of violence, including parents who perished in crimes and accidents related to their work as soldiers, police officers, firefighters, and rescuers.

"It was very challenging, exhilarating," Miss Nightlinger said. "It was very cold and windy out in the

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