Abbey’s Hope encourages caution on the ice this winter

Minnesota’s annual icing-over provides plenty of opportunities for frozen fun, including skating, hockey, ice fishing and snowmobiling. But it can also pose serious threats when proper precautions are ignored.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there have been 26 ice-related fatalities in Minnesota since 2008.

“Abbey’s Hope wants Minnesotans to enjoy all that the winter months have to offer, but we also want to remind everyone that there are risks associated with these cold-weather activities,” said Scott Taylor, Abbey’s Hope co-founder and father of Abbey Taylor, who died of complications from injuries due to an improperly maintained pool drain. “Always make sure the ice is thick enough for the particular activity. No day of skating, fishing or snowmobiling should end in tragedy. Use caution and properly supervise children, who are especially vulnerable.”

Never Take a Vacation from Safety

MINNEAPOLIS (Dec.18, 2015) – As winter sets in and people begin planning warm-weather getaways, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation reminds parents to keep a watchful eye on their children while at the beach, on a cruise or staying at a resort this winter.

“Families across the country will be escaping the cold for better climates, and that means swimming and other fun water sports and activities,” said Katey Taylor, co-founder of Abbey’s Hope and mother of Abbey Taylor, who died of complications from injuries due to an improperly maintained pool drain. "Pools, spas and open bodies of water always pose a risk. Drowning or entrapment can happen in a matter of seconds. Remember to be vigilant and make sure an adult is watching children at all times. No family vacation should end in tragedy.”

Minnesotans Come To Attempt Record for World's Largest Swimming Lesson

MINNEAPOLIS – (June 28, 2015) – Swimmers of all ages and ability levels came together on June 18th in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Swimming Lesson ever conducted. Abbey's Hope, a local water safety non-profit, teamed up with other industry leaders around the globe to host the event for the third year in a row and to promote Swimming Lessons Save Lives™.

Abbey's Hope Continues Financial Support to YMCA Water Safety Program for seventh straight year

MINNEAPOLIS (June 9, 2015) – For the seventh straight year, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation is supporting the YMCA Greater Twin Cities Safety Around the Water program, with a financial donation of $40,000 for the 2015 year. In the previous six years, Abbey’s Hope has donated well over $250,000 in total to the Safety Around the Water program. The program is designed to protect Minnesota children from one of the leading causes of accidental death, drowning.  

May Marks Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Month in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – (May 18, 2015) – As warmer weather approaches and many family vacations or weekend getaways revolve around water, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation would like to remind Minnesotans that all drownings are preventable. Last year, there were 29 drowning deaths in Minnesota alone.

Nationwide, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths among children ages 14 and under and can occur in open bodies of water, pools and spas. Each year, approximately 800 children die as a result of drowning nationally. May kicks off Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Month in Minnesota, 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. This is particularly important as Minnesota has many accessible open bodies of water.

Keep Your Family’s Spring Break Fun and Safe

Minneapolis, MN (April 7, 2015)- It’s official! Spring is here – even if it doesn't quite feel like it yet. As families battle cabin fever at indoor pools and waterparks or on vacation, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation reminds parents to do their part to keep children safe around the water.

Abbey's Hope Responds to Nationwide Superbowl Ad

As parents who have lost a child to a preventable accidental death, as founders of the Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation and with the support of our organization's Board of Directors, we found ourselves discussing the recent Nationwide Insurance Super Bowl commercial and deciding whether we should enter into this discussion publicly. As part of our mission and guiding principles, Abbey's Hope dedicates itself to never stop bringing awareness to preventable childhood injuries or deaths, specifically around drain entrapment and accidental drowning. So, here we are today entering the public discussion.

There is no doubt that the recent Nationwide Super Bowl commercial has caused a lot of conversation and a bit of controversy. We at Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation believe it is a conversation worth having and the public health statistics justify the attention.

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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