Minneapolis Non-profit tries to break Guinness World Record

Edina, MINN- (June 12, 2014) - For the second year in a row, Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation is joining forces with leading water safety organizations around the globe to host the World's Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL). On Friday, June 20th at 10:00am CST at the Edina Aquatic Center, the Foundation will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest single-venue swim lesson.

Waterparks, pools and aquatic facilities will hold a basic, 30-minute swimming lesson to build awareness and demonstrate the importance of teaching children to swim in order to help prevent drowning. The lesson will cover basic swim strokes, learning how to stay in, on and around water, drain entrapment prevention and the importance of adult supervision when swimming.

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Minnesota drownings decline by 11 fatalities in 2013

Minneapolis, MN- May 15, 2014- There were 29 drowning deaths in Minnesota in 2013, down from 40 drownings in 2012. While the decrease in drownings in encouraging, Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation would like to remind Minnesotans that all drownings are preventable. May is Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Month, which provides an ideal opportunity for media outlets to remind Minnesotans about the measures they can take to help prevent the preventable during the summer months ahead.

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Abbey’s Hope reminds parents to be vigilant during spring break

Edina, MN- April 15, 2014- The abnormally long winter and rare sporadic nice days this spring continue sending Minnesotans to warmer climates. Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation would like to remind parents to be vigilant near pools, spas and open bodies of water when they vacation.

"With spring break season here, families in the Midwest continue to escape the lingering cold for better climates where kids can swim," said Katey Taylor, co-founder of Abbey's Hope and mother to Abbey Taylor who died of complications from injuries due to an improperly maintained pool drain.

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Indoor pools require constant supervision- Abbey’s Hope reminds parents that indoor pools are not necessarily safer pools

Minneapolis - March 17, 2014- As the ground finally begins to thaw, and as families continue to battle cabin fever by visiting indoor pools and waterparks, Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation would like to remind parents, and adults alike that they must do their part when it comes to water safety and preventing the preventable.

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Fifth Anniversary of Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act

Edina, MN--December 9, 2013- This December marks the five-year anniversary of the passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGB). The Act required among other things, that all public pools and spas be fitted with VGB anti-entrapment drain covers, many of which expire after five years of use.

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Learn to save a life this winter

Minneapolis - January 27, 2014- Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation, a Minnesota-based non-profit organization dedicated to spreading pool and spa safety awareness, is using the winter months to promote Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) education.

Cardiac arrests are more common that most people assume, and they can happen at anytime and any place, including public or private pools due to drowning. There are approximately 383,000 cardiac arrests each year, and 88% of them happen at home. Why risk being ill prepared if a tragic accident happened to someone right in front of your eyes?

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Katey Taylor Receives Distinguished Service Award From Hennepin County Sheriff

Edina, MN (October 29, 2013)- Katey Taylor, mother of Abbey Taylor, the Minnesota girl who died in 2008 as a result of a faulty pool drain, was recognized with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Distinguished Service Award for her continued work with Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation. Katey and Scott Taylor founded Abbey's Hope following Abbey's tragic death as a way to raise pool and water safety awareness.

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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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