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Team Awesome Family

Hi Friends-

Did you know that 90 Texas children have already lost their lives to a fatal drowning this year? Or that almost 7x as many have survived a non-fatal drowning incident?  This has to stop. 


Our awesome family of swimmers (Keri, Alissa, Hanna (12) and Ella (11)) will be jumping into the lake together on Thursday, September 1 to swim in the Colin's Hope Got2Swim Lake Austin 10K. We will relay together as Athlete Ambassadors to prevent drowning. Maddie (10) will be our head cheerleader and will greet us at the swim finish! 

We will raise at least $2000 this year for Colin's Hope. These funds will mean that more Preschool children can get swim safety classes and swim lessons, more families will receive water safety education and that life jacket loaner stations as area lakes will be re-stocked.

Here we are and here's why we swim!

Hanna's message: I'm Hanna Rimel, a 12 year old girl. I am a swimmer, and I believe everyone should understand water safety. Last year, I swam for Brody M. and will swim for him again this year. Thank you for supporting me!

Ella's message: Hi! I'm Ella and I'm 11. I'm swimming this year because I want to swim and raise money for Colin's Hope. I'm also excited to swim for Abbey Taylor ( and I think people should think about water safety and drain entrapment. Thanks for helping us out! 

We ask you to pledge your support for drowning prevention by making a donation of any amount to our pledge page. Every dollar raised means drownings prevented and lives saved. Thank you for sharing the vision of a world where children do not drown.

We also challenge you to see how much you know about water safety by 1) watching the 10 minute "Colin's Hope: This is our story" film at  or 2) taking the Colin's Hope Water Safety Quiz at  or 3) visiting the Colin's Hope Water Safety Resource Hub at

As Colin used to say, Have the "Best Day Ever" and Thank you for cheering me on in some way to make a difference.

Keri, Alissa, Hanna and Ella  

ABOUT 2016 Colin's Hope Athlete Ambassador Program
Name Date Amount Comments
Amy Farley 09/04/2016 $25.00  
Elizabeth Owen 09/02/2016 $50.00 You continue to inspire us. Thank you for all you do!
Falda Rimel 08/31/2016 $50.00  
Taylor Swiedom 08/29/2016 $20.00 I'm so impressed with all the work y'all have put into this!
Carl Hervey 08/29/2016 $25.00 This is a great cause!
Terri Kerr 08/26/2016 $25.00  
Sherry Kreye 08/26/2016 $100.00 I'm so proud of y'all for doing this swim together as a family. It's time for me to get back to swimming and help raise awareness and funds for Colin's Hope. Thank you for working so hard and inspiring others to help make a difference. Lots of love, The Kreye Family
Marni Christmas 08/26/2016 $50.00 So grateful for this organization & education they provide with regards to water safety. So proud of Ella for participating... Her heart is so big!
Sarah & Travis Rimel 08/26/2016 $100.00 Way to go, girls!! We're so proud of you for committing to such a great cause and for your athletic accomplishment! Sending you tons of love and speed in the water! xo
Judi & David Shaw 08/25/2016 $50.00 Hanna, we are honored to sponsor you in this worthwhile cause. We are so proud of the thoughtful and caring young woman you've become. We'll be rooting you on! Love, Auntie Judi & Uncle David.
Keri Shaw 08/24/2016 $300.00 I can't wait to swim for an amazing cause with Team Awesome Family - Thank you to my Lilly USA - Diabetes who will match my donation:)
Lenore Magrum 08/24/2016 $100.00 Go girls. We are so proud of you. We will be there in spirit. Have fun!
Nourah Caskey 08/24/2016 $50.00  
Jennifer Rowland 08/11/2016 $50.00  
Matthew Bush 08/10/2016 $100.00 I hope you guys have an amazing time up there.
Helen Gaebler 06/25/2016 $100.00  
  Total $1,195.00