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She Wants to Teach Water Safety to for Four-Year-Olds and Younger

Missy Linaberry of River Falls hopes a GoFundMe campaign called 'Not One More Child Drowns!' will fund her training so she can help families in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.

Not One More Child Drowns! Photo: GoFundMe/Missy Linaberry
Not One More Child Drowns! Photo: GoFundMe/Missy Linaberry
Missy Linaberry of River Falls is keeping up her GoFundMe campaign to get training so she can teach water safety for infants and young children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old. 

Linaberry started Not One More Child Drowns! last May, as she tells it at gofundme.com: 

"My heart sank when I was camping with my family Memorial weekend and the call went out in the early evening to help search for a missing 2-year old girl who had wandered away from her campsite. The tragic ending to that story was that the toddler was found, floating face down in a nearby stream, only a few hundred feet away from her campsite."

That inspired the former Red Cross Water Safety Instructor to seek certification as an Infant Swimming Rescue (ISR) instructor and serve western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. "Currently the closest certified ISR Instructor is over 250 miles away," she wrote then. 

Three days ago she updated her appeal: 

"You know you are pursuing your life's purpose when it is 33 degrees outside, it looks like the inside of a snow globe and all you can think about is getting in the water to teach survival swimming skills to little souls. My list of future students is growing and I met two beautiful ladies whose local chapter of a philanthropic organization is considering sponsoring my application for ISR certification training funds! So many blessings to be grateful for on this journey. HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON to everyone and may you be blessed with your heart's desire!"

With a donation of $115 on Friday, the campaign has $7,000 toward Linaberry's goal of $18,500. 

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