Lydia Cole has a gift.
She is a talented swimmer â€” but thatâ€™s not the gift weâ€™re talking about.
â€œThis is kind of a distraction,â€ she said with a laugh, gesturing toward the pool behind her.Â â€œItâ€™s very helpful.â€
A junior at Thornapple Kellogg High School, she swims through aÂ cooperative programÂ with students from Delton Kellogg and Hastings.
â€œLydia is something special. Â She works hard,â€Â head coach Carl Schoessel said. â€œSheâ€™s never missed a practice.â€
Well, she has missed a few, but it wasnâ€™t by choice.
In May, doctors told Cole she had pancreatic cancer.