06/13/2012 03:15 pm ET

Ohio Woman To Row Across Lake Erie To Raise Awareness About Water Crisis In Africa

When Lakewood resident Beth O’Kain reflects on becoming the 33rd American to row across the Atlantic Ocean, her mind immediately drifts to hundreds of children in Uganda without access to clean drinking water.

This summer, the 41-year-old hopes to become the first person to row solo across Lake Erie.

O’Kain has joined up with local nonprofit Drink Local. Drink Tap to raise money and awareness to provide a water well to a small village in the east African country.