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Colin's Hope Water Safety Walk
In Memory of Xander Vento

Image Colin's Hope WalkSaturday, June 1 is the Colin’s Hope Water Safety Walk in memory of Xander Vento. Volunteers are needed for Saturday, May 18 to prepare for the walk and Saturday, June 1 for the walk. We hope you'll join us.

Why is this important?

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in children ages 1-4 and the 2nd leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for ages 1-14, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Swimming pools are the most common site for a drowning to occur among children between the ages of 1 and 4 in our region. In fact, Texas is ranked number one by the Consumer Product and Safety Commission for having the highest number of pool and spa drownings for children younger than 15.

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Who is Colin?

Colin was a 4-year-old boy who drowned in an Austin-area public pool in 2008.

Who is Xander?

Xander was a 4-year-old boy who drowned in a local Neighborhood Association Pool just this past year.

Both Colin and Xander’s families are passionate about not wanting something like this to happen to any other family ... but they know how easily it can happen to anyone!

What the walk isn't?

It isn’t a 5K or a fun run.

What is the walk?

It is a volunteer opportunity for families, groups and individuals.

Who is involved?

Cook Children’s, Keller Fire Department, Xander Vento’s family and friends and Pier 1 Imports.

What will we do?

Distribute water safety education packets door to door in various neighborhoods in Keller.

How will we do it?

Come to orientation, be assigned a group and a map of the area to cover, grab your bags and put them on door knobs. Click here for volunteer information

What difference will it make?

Keller has a lot of homes with pools and we’re hoping that people will be reminded of how to make theirs safer this summer. In Austin where this started, the drowning rate has been reduced in the neighborhoods where they have held these walks.

How can you help?

Volunteer and become a champion for water safety! Contribute towards further drowning prevention outreach. Contact us at email kenzie.tabor@cookchildrens.org or leave a message at 682-885-4861.

Special thanks to Pier 1 Imports for their partnership in this community effort.

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