Edina, MN - April 4, 2013- Katey and Scott Taylor, parents of Abbey Taylor, the Minnesota girl who died in 2008 as a result of a faulty pool drain, are once again in the news. The organization the Taylor's created in their daughter's name, Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation, has been named winner of the National Water Safety Congress's prestigious Regional Leadership Merit Award. The Edina couple was honored at the Annual International Boating & Water Safety Summit in San Antonio, Texas on March 27th.

 Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation was recognized for its role educating parents about how to prevent drowning and entrapment. (Drowning is on the of chief causes of death in children.) The Foundation was also singled out for its efforts in forging new regulations for pools and spas, in particular its efforts in passing both the Abigail Taylor Pool & Spa Act and the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.

 

Katey Taylor said of the award, "While it's great to be recognized by such a prestigious organization, just knowing that our efforts are protecting children from the dangers of pool drains and from drowning is recognition enough."

 

About Abbey’s Hope:

Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation is a Minnesota nonprofit organization named after Abbey Taylor, the Edina, Minn., 6-year-old who died in 2008 as a result of injuries sustained in an improperly maintained pool drain cover.

The Foundation’s goal is to:

  • Promote awareness of and education related to child safety issues, including educating pool owners, operators, inspectors, and the general public about the dangers of pool entrapment, evisceration and drowning and the need for physical inspections of pool equipment.
  • Work with the pool and spa industry to improve the design of its products, packaging and warning labels, and assist in the development of product safety standards related to such products.
  • Identify and provide support and assistance to organizations and programs that help educate parents, children, and pool and spa manufacturers about the prevention of entrapment and traditional forms of drowning.  

Find out more about Abbey’s Hope at http://abbeyshope.org.

About the National Water Safety Congress:

The National Water Safety Congress, established in 1951, is a leader in advancing the promotion of education for the safety of recreational water activities throughout the United States, and internationally, by addressing water related recreational accidents and drownings throughout the nation on private and public recreational water resources.
 

 

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The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.


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