Losing a child is extremely heartbreaking. Most of the time, parents would blame themselves for the loss. For Wanda Butts, who lost her son six years ago in a drowning accident, she is trying to make a difference in the lives of children, specifically minorities. Since the drowning had occurred, it has spurred her to action. She is now helping many children out there to learn to swim, so that such incidents can be prevented.
Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-American children aged between five and fourteen years old, drown at a rate of almost three times higher than white children of the same age range. As of 2007, Wanda and her nonprofit organisation, the Josh Project, have helped approximately 1,200 children — majority of them being minorities — to learn how to swim. It is because of this that Wanda has been chosen to become one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012.
When asked what her reaction was to this after she found out about it, Wanda stated that she was shock and disbelief. She had the same feeling as the one she felt on August 6, 2006, after she was told that Josh had drowned. “I never would have thought that anything good would happen from the drowning death of my only son at the age of 16. I saw nothing but disaster and tragedy from Josh’s drowning. But now I see all of the positive outcomes from his death. Now I can see better what the plan was for my son’s life and death, and mine. His death was so others could have a fuller life and possibly a longer life because of their knowing how to swim and (having) water safety skills. His death from drowning gave my life meaning because I can now share with others the importance of knowing how to swim and the importance of knowing water safety,” she explained.
She hoped that this recognition would allow her to raise awareness of the importance of swimming as well as how to be safe in and around water. She wants the public to be more aware of drowning prevention. She also believes that swimming and water safety education are basic life skills that all should know. For the full story, read it here.
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