Local teen to swim Boston Harbor for good cause

GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Guilderland sophomore will swim the Boston Harbor to raise money and awareness for a rare disease.

Michael Ardito, 15, will take part in the Boston Sharkfest Swim on Saturday, September 19 to raise money and awareness for Hereditary Angioedema, or HAE.

HAE is a rare, potentially fatal disease that causes extreme and uncontrollable swelling throughout the body. Only one in 50,000 people suffer from the disease in the country.

This will be the second straight year that Ardito will make the swim for HAE. In 2014, he swam with his friend Luke Tanner.

For Ardito, his reason behind the commitment and training is one that hits close to home. His stepfather John Harrington has the disease.

“That was the main cause for fighting it last year and just the possibility that my sister Kati could have it,” he said.

But in the last year, Kati has had two attacks, according to Ardito; one in her leg and one in her arm.

While her attacks were minor, Ardito said they were a “reality check.”

“I don’t want her to have to live with it for her entire life,” he said.

In 2014, he and Tanner raised more than $8,000.

“It was stunning to see that number climb so much in such a quick period of time,” Ardito said.

This year, he will be joined by his mother, Nicole, and friends Jordyn Sommo, Zach Connolly and Alex Cresanti.

“When I first joined the campaign to swim across the harbor, I didn’t know much about the disease,” Connolly said.

“Not at first, but I’ve learned a lot more,” Sommo said.

“My biggest hope is that this swim is going to reach out to more people than it did last year,” Ardito said.

Click, here, to learn more about HAE and to donate.

The Sharkfest is on Saturday but donations will remain open until the first week of October.

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