Local Foundation Abbey's Hope gains national recognition following tragic pool accident.

By Anna Zeck, Edina Magazine

For Katey Taylor, out of tragedy came something truly powerful. After her daughter, Abbey, passed away in 2008 as a result of injuries from an improperly maintained pool drain cover, Taylor decided to make good on Abbey's wish that this accident would never happen to another child.

 

Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation, which advocated for safety standards for all polls and promotes awareness of child safety issues, was born just eight months later. "It's amazing how things happen in  your life and that's just the way you go," says Taylor. Since then, the foundation has worked tirelessly to create "safer pools for safer kids."

This past March, the foundation's efforts were recognized when the National Drowning Prevention Alliance chose Abbey's Hope as the recipient of the 2012 Community Lifesaver Award. "It reaffirmed that we're doing the right thing and that there is a need for us as a foundation," says Taylor. Taylor was on hand at the National Drowning Prevention Symposium in San Diego to accept the award, an experience she says "made me smile because it made me think that Abbey was smiling."

Abbey's Hope is now offering a pilot program for water safety classes in apartment buildings, and the annual Abbey's Hope Golf Tournament is scheduled at Braemer Golf Course for September.

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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.


More water safety tips