What happens to a mother, a wife, and those of missing loved ones who go missing in the water? What happens next? Tonight, Christina (DJ’s Momma), Judy (Nicholas Allen’s Mom), and Christy (Bill Simmons Wife) will share their experiences.
These women are strong, have formed a support group for other families losing a family member to drowning, and now advocating to help prevent the loss of another life with Christina’s “Not One More” Campaign”.
Adventures With Purpose is partnering up with Christina’s “Not One More” Campaign to spread awareness of lifejacket safety with fundraising efforts for the life jacket loaner stations.
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PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ CHRISTINA’S MESSAGE BELOW
25 years, 9 months, 18 days. That’s how long I had my beautiful son here on earth.
Since birth, DJ has been described as a gentle old soul. He was pure of heart, incredibly shy, with a contagious grin. He exuded kindness and had a great sensitivity for the world around him. Being his Mom is one of my greatest accomplishments. He was the happiest when he was outdoors and was an avid kayaker. His love for the water began at an early age after he advanced from a “shrimp” to a “shark” during his certified swim lessons. We considered our entire family confident, strong swimmers. On the morning of October 24, 2020, at 9:40am, DJ was dropped off at one of his favorite areas to kayak. He planned to be picked up (14)miles and (6)hours later. We quickly realized something was wrong when he never made it. His overturned kayak, cell phone, lunch AND life jacket were found by a couple fishermen. My beautiful son’s body wouldn’t be recovered until days later, fully submerged, only (300) yards from where he launched. As his Mom, I couldn’t take one step forward until I knew what happened and what his last moments were like. Unfortunately, I’ll never have all of the answers. However, I know wearing that life jacket, instead of having it stowed, could’ve changed the entire outcome. Overconfidence can prove just as dangerous as not being able to swim at all. It greatly reduces our healthy fear and respect for the water.
Just (16) hours before DJ went missing, we celebrated the fact he was expecting his first child. He was thrilled. He’s going to have a son, named River. The fact he’ll never meet him is a tragedy in itself. DJ would’ve been an amazing Dad.
Grief is both messy and confusing.
It became apparent that I’d have to find a way to redirect some of my heartache. I’d have to if I wanted to survive. DJ was too special, and his loss too great. I had to share his story. I had to do something to prevent this from happening again.
My son should’ve had his life jacket on. It’s that simple, yet 90% of drowning victims aren’t wearing one. By observing basic water safety guidelines, many situations that could lead to drowning can be adverted. My son knew how to swim but he didn’t know how to survive drowning. My greatest loss will fuel my greatest mission. I will fiercely advocate for water/boating safety and the use of life jackets, EVERY time. Our “Not One More” campaign will increase access to certified personal flotation devices by placing life jacket loaner stations at recreational swimming and boating areas. Infants, children and adults will be able to borrow a Coast Guard certified life jacket for the day, and return it when they leave. Each station will tell DJ’s story while promoting water safety and the importance of knowing first aid and CPR.
Please wear your life jacket like your life depends on it, because it does. Use my son’s tragic death to prevent yours. Drowning doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care who you are or how much you’d be missed. I won’t stop until there’s #notonemore.
DJ’s Momma ❤️
01/07/1995 ~ 10/25/2020
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