Powerful Abbey's Hope Television Spot Reminds Adults To Pay Attention And Prevent Childhood Drowning

MINNEAPOLIS (May 3, 2016) – Considering nearly 90 percent of child drowning deaths occur with an adult nearby, Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation is releasing a chilling set of television and radio PSAs imploring adults to pay attention to children swimming nearby.

Scott and Katey Taylor founded Abbey’s Hope after their 6-year-old daughter Abigail died in 2008 as a result of injuries sustained from an improperly maintained pool drain cover. Over time, the organization has transitioned its message to additionally include prevention of childhood drownings via active supervision and its Water Watchdog program.

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Abbey’s Hope reminds parents to stay alert at indoor pools and waterparks

The ground is beginning to thaw, but families continue to battle cabin fever this time of year by visiting indoor pools and water parks. Caution should be taken, however, to practice the same diligent supervision required when children are swimming outside.

As we patiently await warm temperatures to swim outdoors, families are beating boredom by taking weekend trips and passing time at hotel pools and indoor waterparks,” said Katey Taylor, Abbey’s Hope co-founder and mother of Abbey Taylor, who died of complications from injuries due to an improperly maintained pool drain. “Some adults assume that indoor hotel and school pools are less dangerous than beaches or larger outdoor pools, and this can lead to inconsistent pool supervision.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.  

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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™.

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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.

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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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