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Marathon swim a gift to missing sister

With reporting by Kendall Hanson
canada.com

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

A Qualicum Beach woman is doing what she can to bring meaning to the tragic loss of her sister.

CREDIT: CH TV

Erin McGrath is undertaking a marathon swim in memory of her missing sister.

Erin McGrath's sister, Leigh Minor, is one of the women reported missing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Minor, who was from Parksville, disappeared around in 1993. Her family knew something was wrong when she didn't show up for Christmas dinner with the family. It's been a sad holiday for the family ever since.

Now, McGrath is preparing for a marathon swim that will be significant in both length and meaning.

McGrath will swim 610 laps on Monday -- 10 lengths for each woman who has gone missing from the Downtown Eastside.

The swim is to raise money for a home to help get women off the streets.

CREDIT: CH TV

Leigh Minor, missing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside since 1993.

McGrath says she's doing it to honour her sister. She hopes it will bring some joy to a time of year that is normally very sad for her family.

She, and other family members of the missing women, are starting a legacy house in a donated home in Maple Ridge. The goal of the house will be to help women in similar situations to the missing women rebuild their lives.

"Every day that these women are left on the streets they're in danger," McGrath says. "They're at risk of being maimed or being murdered."

McGrath has already raised $4,000 for the cause, but nearly $600,000 will be needed to make the legacy home operational.

But McGrath says the money barrier can be overcome.

The swim is set for Monday.

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