Lance's Journal: Joshua Collingsworth Benefit Preview, May 9

For benefit auction details go to http://www.joshuamemorial.org or CLICK HERE

The Joshua Collingsworth Foundation in Lincoln continues to grow larger and larger by day. And it's helping to save the lives of children around the world.

Joshua Collingsworth was just 2 and half years old when he accidentally drowned in the family swimming pool four years ago.
But even though he's not physically with us here on earth anymore, his parents are positive that Joshua's spirit is still alive. And it's making a big difference in the way parents are caring for their kids around water.

It was a parents worst nightmare. It was June 1st, 2008.

Josh's mother Kathy says, "When I came upstairs and I got his food I kind of was like, 'Where's Josh.'" Josh ran out to the pool...alone. "I looked out the backdoor again and that's when I saw him in the pool. I remember just screaming out his name."

Kathy says machines kept her son alive for 3 days, "He was pulled off life support and passed away 45 minutes later with about 30 some members of our family around us."

Shortly after Joshua passed away, his grieving father Blake came up with a plan, "I kind of looked at it from the standpoint where I was in some respects a little scared that a day would go by where I didn't think about Joshua."

Blake wrote a book about water safety called 'Josh the Baby Otter' and together, the Collingsworth's started a foundation.

Drownings are the number one cause of accidental death to children under the age of five.

Over the past four years, more than 40,000 copies of the book have been distributed and thousands of book readings have taken place for kids all across America and even Canada and Australia.

The 4th annual Joshua Collingsworth Benefit Dinner and Auction will take place on May 19th.

For more details go to http://www.joshuamemorial.org
Former Miss America Teresa Scanlan will be the keynote speaker and the event will get underway at 5:30pm at the Shrine Center in southwest Lincoln.

Then next month, on June 10th, you can join Tommie Frazier at the benefit golf tournament that will take place at Wilderness Ridge.


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