It happens so fast, it leaves families devastated. Whether it be in a backyard pool, a lake, a canal, even a bathtub or a bucket of water”ﾓ preventable drownings are tragic, and they affect everyone.
Even though we live in the desert, the state of Arizona consistently ranks near the top for the number of drowning incidents in the nation.
Seven years ago, area safety and health professionals started the Walk to Water Safety, hoping to involve the community in raising awareness about drowning prevention.
Shannon Liebrock, board member of the Ryan Thomas Foundation is the aunt of Ryan Thomas, an ASU student who drowned in 2008 in a boating accident on Lake Saguaro despite the fact that he was an accomplished swimmer.
In 2011, Cody Thomson lost his son Brenan, 6, when he drowned in a neighborhood canal.
Both Shannon and Cody share their stories in our RAK Video below, and talk about why they participate in the Walk for Water Safety: to spread the word to prevent others from suffering such unimaginable loss.
In neighborhoods throughout the Valley, volunteers of all ages will meet and then distribute water safety information as well as water-watcher bracelets in a door-to-door walk every spring. In 2013, the event takes place on Saturday, April 6.
Communities throughout Arizona ask volunteers to distribute water safety information in a door-to-door walk every spring.
In 2013, the event takes place on Saturday, April 6. Parents, grandparents, scouts, kids in strollers “ﾔ anyone can sign up to walk the neighborhoods, and place hanging bags with information and water watch bracelets and other materials on doors around the Valley.
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