Mom swims in daughter’s memory

So far, her “Amazing Grace” tour has raised more than $86,000 and caught the attention of the Discovery Life channel that featured Bunke’s story in the movie “WaveMakers.” The show’s theme song, “I’ll Take You Home,” was written by John Driskell Hopkins, a friend of the Bunke family, of the Zac Brown Band. Grace’s 16-year-old sister, Caroline, also swims to raise money in memory of her sibling.

Swimming hasn’t gotten much easier for Bunke. She finds salt water and the currents of open water events a challenge. And she doesn’t like to be photographed in a bathing suit. But she is determined to finish this year’s circuit.

“I never wanted to,” she said, “but I have a great inspiration.”

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