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The Shannon Hawkins Memorial Scholarship Fund for Youth & Teen Aquatics

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BENEFITING: YMCA of Metropolitan Washington

ORGANIZER: Steve

EVENT DATE: Sep 23, 2013

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THE STORY:

It was a year ago this month that my friend, Shannon Hawkins, passed away after her long, brave battle with breast cancer. A swimming scholarship fund has been created in her memory. It's a perfect dedication since she taught kids how to swim and inspired them to love the sport as she did.

Shannon was one of those individuals who embraced life with gusto, never taking friends, family, time and life experiences for granted. She was more than an intensely loyal and dedicated friend; she was family. She lived on the East and West coasts, working in the TV and film industry as an Assistant Director in NY, LA and in between. She was a paralegal, an entrepreneur, a writer, and much more.

Throughout the years, Shannon taught swimming to kids at the local Y, wherever she lived, but most recently at the Washington DC YMCA. It is there that the memorial fund will be run in perpetuity and benefit kids who would not otherwise be able to take swimming classes for financial reasons. Sixty percent of African American and Hispanic/Latino children don’t know how to swim and are three times more likely to drown than white children. So knowing how to swim can be a lifesaving skill, not to mention a health benefit.

I would so appreciate your consideration in making a donation as a tribute to Shannon's life – you can read more about Shannon and the fund below.

And if you would like to spread the word to anyone you think would like to donate, please feel free to do so. (BTW, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

Love,
Laura

 

Steve Haddad wrote:

It’s hard to believe it has been nearly a year since our friend, family member, classmate, and colleague, Shannon Hawkins, passed away at the age of 43 after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. Those of us who knew Shannon understand that she would have wanted some good – something positive– to result from this tragedy.

In this spirit, we are proud to announce the establishment of The Shannon Hawkins Memorial Scholarship Fund for Youth & Teen Aquatics – an ongoing endowment fund to support swim instruction for underprivileged children through the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. To create this fund, we have already raised more than $22,000 – and today, we are asking for your help to take us to the finish line of $30,000.

For much of her life, Shannon was determined to “waterproof” kids – teaching them the basic survival skill of swimming and helping to transform a child’s fear of the water into certain joy and confidence. Even as she underwent rounds of chemotherapy treatment, and after a double mastectomy, she still gave youth swimming lessons at the local YMCA. Teaching children inspired Shannon – and in doing so, she has inspired us to find a way for her legacy of courage and grace to live on.

Shannon knew that 37 percent of all Americans report that they’re not good swimmers, while thirteen percent say they can’t swim at all. These numbers are even worse among minorities: a research study commissioned by USA Swimming showed that almost 60 percent of African American and Hispanic/Latino children don’t know how to swim and are three times more likely to drown than white children.

This fund will support youth and teens, aged 6 through 17, in participating in the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington’s aquatic programs. These scholarships will be awarded in Shannon’s memory to those who want to learn how to swim and to be safe in and around the water, but who have financial circumstances that would otherwise prevent them from participating in these programs.

We are asking all those whose lives were touched by Shannon to become a part of this dream, and your contribution will go a long way toward making this leap possible. Whatever gift you’re able to make – whether it’s $250, $100, $50, or even $25 – will help children learn these essential skills while keeping Shannon’s remarkable memory alive and kicking.

 

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To This Fundraiser

$507

MONEY RAISED
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  • Melanie Ide

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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jill and Chris Drury

     

  • Kazuyoshi Ide

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Tokiko Ide

    $50

  • The Reagan Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $12

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Agnes Punsalang

    $50

  • Patty Smith

    $20

  • Sharon Gold

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Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $7,487 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Steve Haddad

Amount Raised

$4,179

 

56% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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Fritzi Hallock

Amount Raised

$711

 

71% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Daniel Silver

Amount Raised

$530

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Barbara O'Neill

Amount Raised

$510

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laura ide

Amount Raised

$507

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Bob Kolker

Amount Raised

$400

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Lori Sellers

Amount Raised

$230

 

46% Raised of $500 Goal

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Mary Pollock

Amount Raised

$120

Donor Comments

Sharon Gold

Sharon Gold

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Patty Smith

Patty Smith

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Agnes Punsalang

Agnes Punsalang

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $12

Though I didn't know Sharon she sounds like an amazing person who made a huge contribution to life. 5 years ago

The Reagan Family

The Reagan Family

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Tokiko Ide

Tokiko Ide

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

5 years ago

Kazuyoshi Ide

Kazuyoshi Ide

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Jill and Chris Drury

Jill and Chris Drury

5 years ago