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Families use tragedy to teach others about water safety

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DENVER (KDVR) – A local family is using their tragedy to deter others.

Nearly four years ago, a family suffered an unimaginable loss after 9-year-old Yevaeh Patrick-Moon drowned while sleeping at a hotel in Colorado Springs. Now, the family is turning grief into purpose.

Her grandmother, Lotta Todd, said the traumatic experience combined with her own experience as a water safety instructor was what prompted her to write a children’s book about this. never happen again.

The book is called “The First Splash” and focuses on water safety. Todd has been a swimming coach for over 20 years. She said she was teaching her niece how to swim, and soon she passed away.

“It can happen to anyone,” Todd added, “just because someone can swim doesn’t mean they can’t drown.”

So to speak, Todd is throwing a lifeline to stem the tide of preventable death underwater, especially for the most vulnerable.

“So the book inspires everyone,” Todd said. “But unfortunately, African Americans are drowning at a higher rate than other nationalities.”

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that, over an 11-year period, black people between the ages of 5 and 19 were 5.5 times more likely to drown than whites in the same group. the age.

“So this is way bigger than you know, a drowning, we have a lot of people drowning out there and certain nationalities drown at a higher rate than others,” explains Todd. .

A forever grieving family is using their grief to prevent another tragedy.

Todd is not only a swimming instructor, she is also a lifeguard and a member of the National Drowning Prevention Coalition and the Arizona Coalition for Drowning Prevention.

There is a book launch open to the public on Saturday, December 4, and Sunday, December 5.

Saturday will be at Brother Jeff’s from 2pm – 4pm. This address is located at 2836 Welton St. in Denver.

Sunday will be at Barnes and Noble in Glendale at 960 S. Colorado Blvd.

Todd hopes families can go out and learn about swimming safety so no family has to go through what she went through, with the passing of 9-year-old Yevaeh.

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Emma Bowman

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