by Kristin Wedding
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
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 http://sk.convio.net/goto/Trident_Area or contact Safe Kids Trident Area coordinator, Kristin Greeson, at 792-5327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Sept. 4, 2009