We are truly humbled that our sweet boy has made such an incredible impact to others and has thus, potentially saved MORE lives than the organs he donated. Below is just some of the impact he's had.
Four years ago, a similar event happened with my daughter. At three years old, she walked in the pool and stayed vertical in the pool. She wasn't splashing about, nothing how drowning is portrayed in videos. I saved her just in time, but it still haunts me that it could have been so different. It wasn't until your story that I understood why my Lucy almost drowned. She had stayed vertical in the water, something she had been trained to do through the use of puddle jumpers and life jackets without any swim lessons. Up until Vinny's death, I was an avid user of puddle jumpers. Vinny changed this for our family, and I am spreading the news. For the past 9 months, two of our kids have been in swim lessons every week, but we weren't seeing much difference. When Vinny passed, something changed in me. Your story shifted my perspective: survival swimming is essential.
Our sweet boy saved someone in their early 30's by giving them his kidneys, someone in their early 30's with his liver and someone in their early 20's with his heart. He will forever be our hero. (His lungs were also donated for research)
Vinny’s accident motivated me and Steph to get Rocki ISR training. Steph told some of the other moms at school about it and invited them to join. It really caught on and now we have 5-8 kids over our house every weekday and the trainer comes to work with them all. All of the kids have improved over the last few weeks. We’re going to let the trainer run her little business from our backyard to hopefully get more kids involved. Living in Florida with a pool in our backyard, we knew we had to do it.