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Swim Lessons: The Nick Irons Story (2008)

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Nick Irons swims the length of the Mississippi river as a fund-raiser for multiple sclerosis research because his dad suffers from the disease.



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Credited cast:
Dave Douglas ...
Himself - Owner: The Misty Blue
Cary J. Hahn ...
Himself - KGAN Reporter
Andrew Irons ...
Himself - Nick's Brother
Connie Irons ...
Herself - Nick's Mother
John Irons ...
Himself - Nick's Older Brother
Nick Irons ...
Steve Skarky ...
Himself - Swim Volunteer (as Dr. Steve Skarky)


He didn't know it, but his whole life, Nick Irons unconsciously wanted to do something to help his dad, who suffers from multiple sclerosis. But he grew up in a happy Oklahoma home, graduated from college, and moved to Los Angeles to break into the TV industry. In December 1995, Nick visited his parents in their new home near Washington, DC, and saw his dad taking a turn for the worse - walking with a cane. While he had been away for a year, the disease rapidly progressed from a minor inconvenience to a disabling, painful disability. On the flight back to LA, Nick saw the Mississippi River and decided, "I will swim that. For my dad." He left his dead-end PA job in LA and dedicated himself to training. Eighteen months later on June 1 1997, he stepped in the frigid Mississippi River to swim 1550 miles from Minneapolis, MN to Baton Rouge, LA. Many said, "You don't swim the Mississippi." The river was filled with hazards: dangerous commercial and recreational boat traffic, strong ... Written by Alex Houston

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He swam 1550 miles for more than a cure...he swam for his dad.


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6 August 2008 (USA)  »

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Alex Houston played guitar on the film's soundtrack. See more »


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