Polk paramedic raises funds for water safety

Polk County, Florida -- A man who sees childhood drownings far too much is running to help put a stop to them. Blaise Dillman runs on a regular basis and he's now doing it for a cause.

"I've been running into quite a few drownings lately and it's something I don't like to see," said Dillman.

As a paramedic for Polk County Fire Rescue, Dillman said it's tough every time he gets that call of a child drowning and he wants to do something about it.

"I combined two of my passions and came up with this idea to run and raise money," said Dillman.

That idea was to run a total of 90 miles during the month of June. The money raised goes toward Abby Grace's Hope, a non-profit that gives young children a chance to learn how to swim and teaches water safety techniques.

"They can't afford the survival swims because it's so expensive and they can't afford CPR, so those things are out of their reach," said Rachel Warren, founder of Abbey Grace's Hope.

Warren started the organization in the name of her daughter, Abby Grace, who nearly drowned.

"It just happened so fast," said Warren.

Both the Warren's and Blaise want other parents to be prepared if faced with a similar situation.

"I never thought it was gonna get this big because I just wanted to be under the radar and make some money just to help children and it's gotten a lot bigger than I thought," she said.

Blaise's journey on the track is over, but his battle against childhood drowning's is far from it. You can still donate to his cause by clicking here.

For water safety tips, visit http://www.watersafetyandsurvival.org/.


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