Develop California’s first end-to-end drowning-prevention solution aimed at children and support pediatric immunology and cardiology initiatives through the Children’s Hospital network.
Live in a state where not a single child dies or suffers from preventable drowning and where pediatric immunology and cardiology care is manageable for families with lesser means.
The Bottom Line
We are tired of hearing parents and guardians say they simply looked away and the next thing they knew, their child drowned or near drowned. That is not acceptable. That is not being accountable. That does nothing to to change the trajectory of this wholly preventable disease of ill-preparedness, ignorance and negligence. Own it, say it, and then let’s get down to ending this ridiculousness.
We don’t want to simply reduce rates of drowning-related death and suffering. We want to end it altogether. Otherwise we all fail.
Pool fences and alarms and swim lessons and flotation vests are not the solutions. WE ARE. Drownings occur because we don’t pay attention. Because we don’t ask the right questions. And, because we make excuses. Elena and I did not drown our child. Summerkids camp did. But we did not do enough due diligence on that camp and on California’s unforgivable lack of camp regulations before we handed off our girl to people we did not know, regardless of the referrals we received.
Roxie used to love saying the word “persistence.” Actually, with her little lisp, she pronounced it more like “perthithtence.” (Sorry, Rox.) We saw her persist through disease-related discomfort just so she could wake up the next day ready to roll, ready to share smiles, ready to hug the first person (or animal) should could find. (She also never missed a day of homework.) She held herself accountable. We must and will do the same. We cannot give up or give in, because she didn’t.
“We grow when we give. We give so we learn.”