Mom encouraging water safety on anniversary of son’s death
“I wouldn’t wish it on anyone to be honest with you,” said his mom, Kelly. “It’s kind of been a little bit of a roller coaster ride. You have your good days, you have your bad days, and then you may have both in one day.”
Thursday marked the anniversary of the last time Kelly saw her son.
“We were there on the front porch the last time that I saw him. I patted him on the head. He had curly hair and I played with his hair. I kissed him on the forehead and told him to be safe.”
In the last year, Kelly has worked to save families from suffering the unimaginable grief she and her family have been faced with. She’s sharing her story again to encourage parents to talk with their children about being safe near water this summer.
“There are over 45 bodies of water in this state and the majority of them are not patrolled in any capacity. We really need to step up our awareness that we need to be more cautious. We need to teach our kids about these bodies of water that they’re surrounded by.”
Just hours before friends and family came together to remember Manny Thursday evening, Kelly got a phone call that gave her #SwimSmart mission major momentum. She has gotten the approval to build a life jacket kiosk at Lake Reba in Richmond.
“I started crying. There’s just been a lot of little moments, especially today that he’s let me know that he’s here. He’s definitely still with us.”
Kelly says she will be taking donations to fund the kiosk project. If you would like to donate, you can contact her at 859-893-0072.
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