Drowning Prevention

The state of Florida is no stranger to accidents like drownings and near drownings in our pools, lakes, oceans, and the many other types of water that covers our great state. Polk County is no exception to this. Just in the last few weeks there has been 2 drownings and one near drowning in our county. Witnessing these events first hand has inspired a passsion in me to somehow stop or at least drastically decrease the number of these tragic accidents. All throughout the bible you can see how precious Children are to God and how he wants us to love them and care for them.

This is where my idea comes in. As many people know, besides helping people I really love endurance sports like running, cycling, and swimming. I have really been praying that everything I do would point to and glorify God. During one of my recent long runs he gave me the idea to challenge myself and to challenge others. After debating back and forth whether or not this was the right thing to do it was then confirmed through scripture in 1 Pete 4:10. It says "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." So here is the challenge for myself and for you. During the month of June I am going to run at least 90 miles. That is about 30 more miles in a month than I have been. This equates to 3 miles every day. My challenge to you is that you would donate money. It can be however much you want. You could donate a certain amount or do something like $.50 or $1.00 for every mile that I run. 

What is the money for you ask? There is a new foundation that I will be helping with called Abby Grace's Hope. It is run by a local family who had a near drowning happen to them around a year ago. They share the same heart to make sure these accidents become something of the past and that if they do happen the families will have plenty of support. You can look them up on facebook at www.facebook.com/AbbyGracesHope or at their website http://www.watersafetyandsurvival.org/. The money that I hope to raise will be used to send 2 children to swimming survival classes. These classes can be pretty pricey at around $500 and out of reach for a lot of people but they do save lives. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I pray that you feel led to help out. Anything will help. Also I ask that you would share this with your friends.

Thanks again,
Blaise Dillman

Donations

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  • Ian Floyd 
    • $25 
    • 75 mos
  • Duncan Family & Bryce's Buddies 
    • $50 
    • 83 mos
  • Dalton & Marissa Barrett 
    • $100 
    • 83 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 83 mos
  • Josh Dentel 
    • $25 
    • 83 mos
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Organizer

Blaise Dillman 
Organizer
Auburndale, FL
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