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Southlake’s Swim4Elise Foundation directing conversations to drowning prevention

May 17, 2019 | Published by: Community Impact | Written by: Renee Yan

Lori Cerami received a phone call shortly after dropping her 13-year-old daughter Elise off at an early morning swim practice June 20, 2016. Elise’s swim coach told Cerami that her daughter was being rushed to the hospital.

Elise’s teammates had found her unconscious at the bottom of the pool, Cerami said. The swimmers who pulled her out later calculated she was underwater for about six minutes: She drowned during practice. There was no lifeguard on duty, and neither of the coaches saw Elise, she said.

In the aftermath, the family began receiving donations from those who wanted to help. This ultimately led to the Swim4Elise Foundation.

Rising To The Challenge

May 08, 2018 09:43AM ● Published by Ashley Madonna

As the summer quickly approaches, more locals will be cooling off by diving into the water. While swimming can be a great way to get in a little exercise or relax on a warm day, water emergencies can quickly become life threatening. So The Swim4Elise Foundation is calling North Texas swimmers to step up and participate in the 100 Lifeguard Challenge.

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Lori Cerami and son, Bryce, accept the Green Crystal Award from the Center for Children’s Health, led by Cook Children’s. The award was given in recognition of Swim4Elise’s partnership efforts with the Center’s 2017 Drowning Prevention Campaign.