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Safe Kids partners with family to raise money

by Kristin Wedding
Children's Services
Despite a 40 percent decline since 1987, drowning is still the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages 1 to 14, taking more than 900 children’s lives each year. For every child who drowns, four more are hospitalized for near-drowning; for every hospital admission, approximately four more children are treated in hospital emergency rooms. Knowledge is a powerful tool for combating these tragedies.
Safe Kids Trident Area has teamed up with local father and daughter runners Jeff and Jami Garrard to help raise money to prevent more of these tragic incidences from occurring.
On Oct. 25, the Garrards will be running in the 34th annual Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), better known as the People’s Marathon. The race’s purpose is to raise community goodwill. Charities across the country have become partners of the Marine Corps Marathon, and Safe Kids Worldwide is a supporter of this event.
With children and adults nearly drowning or drowning dominating the news this summer, Safe Kids Trident Area partnered up with five-time MCM runner Jeff Garrard, director of Aquatics at Mount Pleasant Recreation Depart-ment, and daughter Jami, a teacher in the Charleston County School District, to help raise money to provide resources for families to prevent more of these injuries from happening.
For information, visit or contact Safe Kids Trident Area coordinator, Kristin Greeson, at 792-5327 or

Friday, Sept. 4, 2009

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