Parents, teachers, And community
Lets work together to educate and empower children to make safe and smart choices about water safety. Teach children to swim early, read stories about water safety, and implement several safety measures in and around water in our homes and communities.
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Contact Kelly Helbig, President of JHMF and Jack's mama by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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On June 5, 2010, our second child, Jack, drowned in the lake in our backyard. He was 4.5 years old. Each grown up present believed another had all three children. In the shuffle of three adults going separate directions on the property, Jack went his own way unnoticed. A short time later when it was discovered that he was not with his big sister and little brother as thought, a frantic phone call to a neighbor and desperate search began. The lake did not even enter my mind as where he could be. He knew the family rules; we had just reviewed them that very morning. Tragically, the lake is where his grandfather spotted him. Resuscitation efforts began immediately and continued while Jack was transported to the nearest emergency room. Once there, the doctor and staff gave their mightiest attempt, yet Jack could not be resuscitated. Our middle child, the life of our family, was a drowning victim, a statistic. And we were still here, wondering how this could have happened to our family.
Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death in children ages1-5. While our family had got some things right when it came to water safety and young children, there were things we did wrong, or didn't do, that might have prevented Jack's death. No family ever thinks the worst will happen to them. We strive to help ensure it doesn't happen to another child, another family.