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Live Like Jake Foundation Inc

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Causes: Human Services

Mission: Our mission is to END childhood drowning.

Results: We have provided over 2800 scholarships for ISR self-rescue swim lessons in 39 states. We have also financially assisted over a hundred families with funeral and medical expenses.

Target demographics: We assist families that are unable to cover the full cost of swim lessons for their children

Direct beneficiaries per year: 450 children with self-rescue swim lessons and 10 families with medical and funeral expenses

Geographic areas served: We provide self-rescue swim lesson scholarships nationwide

Programs: Provide swim lesson scholarships to those who cannot afford them in over 35 Florida counties and out of state.

provide financial and emotional support to families who have lost a loved one or have a child with critical care needs.

to raise awareness for drowning prevention

Community Stories

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My youngest daughter, Norah (2), has always been fearless around water. Going under water didn’t scare her. She'd just jump right into a body of water, whether someone was waiting to catch her or not. When I’d rescue her, she’d come up laughing and asking to do it again. I had always hesitated with survival swim lessons for my girls. I heard horror stories of *gasp* babies crying and being uncomfortable during lessons. I dug a little deeper and stalked a local mom, whose name I had heard quite a bit around various circles of friends. She posted this on Facebook one day, “The crying?? Please. I’ll put you in touch with parents that didn’t want to hear the crying and now they WISH they had that chance!” And reading that changed my life. We didn’t live on the water. We don’t have a pool. I watch my kids with an eagle eye. But it still gnawed away at me. The lingering possibility. The “what if”s. The day my sweet Norah graduated from ISR was a sigh of sweet relief. It was 10 minutes a day for about 4 consecutive weeks and now my baby can survive if she were to fall into water. But remember: That’s just one line of defense - supervision is the key! There are many layers that need to be in place to keep our babies safe in and around water. Thank you, Stacy Van Santen Barton. I am grateful for your experience, your beautiful heart, and for teaching my baby a life saving skill she didn’t have a mere month ago.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In less than six weeks both my girls are able to successfully rescue themselves! As a disabled parent I worried about them being around water and being able to get to them quickly. I can now feel more confident knowing they can get themselves to safety or float while waiting for help. Thank you LiveLikeJake for helping us be able to afford lessons that are so important to keeping our kiddos safe!

1 KaeLee D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love what they stand for and their willingness to help keep our kids safe. Water safety does not get the attention it requires and Live Like Jake is helping to ensure children are as prepared as possible for a water accident through ISR scholarships. They are very easy to work with!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t thank LLJ enough for what they do for so many children. This organization I believe is a blessing from God to so many families, including mine. Im happy to see a wonderful legacy from such a precious little angel Jake. He is touching so many lives.
Mrs. Morrison does an excellent job working so hard to run the organization in honor of her sweet boy. I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to find out about Live Like Jake and the experience of infant self rescue swimming. Anyone with children should check out how ISR & LLJ work. Make the commitment and do it for their children. ❤️

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Live like Jake is a wonderful non profit which provide scholarship opportunities to young kids, to help their parents cover the cost of ISR swim lessons. Drowning is the #1 cause of death in kids under age 4, and these lessons literally save the lives of countless kids. I’m so grateful for this scholarship, my daughter was so scared of the water and now has so much confidence and I couldn’t have more peace of mind as a parent than to know my child can literally save her own life if she ever had to in a desperate situation. Thank you Live Like Jake!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Live Like Jake Foundation made it possible for my Twin 4 year olds to take ISR lessons. If it wasn’t for them I couldn’t afford it being a single mom. I am so thankful to them and so happy that my children have learned how to self rescue. The skills that they have learned in ISR are incredible! I am sharing the LLJ foundation and The ISR program to everyone I know and meet!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We received a scholarship for my grandson, whom I have custody of. We live in Rock Hill SC and have a pool on the apartment property so I was very concerned for my grandson because he loves the pool. I wanted him to know how to self rescue and swim. My cousins twin boys drowned in their pool several years ago and I was inspired by her to get the ISR lessons for my grandson Oliver. Oliver took the lessons during the summer of 2020 and has not lost what he learned. He can float, swim, float and get himself out of the pool, he is 4 years old now. Best time we ever spent and best scholarship ever received.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful for this incredible organization. LLJ has so graciously provided our daughter with ISR swim lessons. Our daughter has complex medical issues and we are constantly being flooded with medical bills. This scholarship has taken such a weight off of our shoulders and it’s such a relief knowing our daughter will be able to swim and rescue herself if need be. Thank you LLJ!

1 Jenna E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son had a near drowning and live like
Jake has been a tremendous resource for us to give him a quality of life. They also make it possible for other children to get the survival lessons they need. The hard work they put forward educating others on this preventable death is outstanding

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family experienced a near drowning in 2012 with our oldest son. Live Like Jake quickly stepped in to offer support to our family and then put our youngest son and our nieces and nephews through survival swim lessons. We have continued to support and follow this foundation and love to see all of the hard work and dedication they put into making sure there is more awareness for drowning prevention.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am SO glad to have found this nonprofit! We have 5 children and our finances are extremely tight! There was absolutely no way we could afford to have ISR lessons for any one of our children, much less all of them! We applied for the Live Like Jake Foundation Scholarship and received it! Now we are in ISR lessons and our kids are doing great! The older 3 have probably learned enough to save themselves in a water situation, and our younger two (3 year old twins) are well on their way! What a blessing Live Like Jake Foundation has been to us! They have possibly saved the lives of my children! From the deepest part of this Momma's heart, I say Thank you so very much!

1 Mike K.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Live like Jake is simply amazing! Their mission to prevent childhood drowning is working and is saving lives. We are so thankful for LLJ and providing the opportunity for our daughter to learn the skills needed to survive in the water. Keri and the team are very caring. Our instructor Stacey was fantastic. LLJ is an outstanding and inspirational nonprofit. Read about the story behind Jake's passing here...https://livelikejake.com/our-story/

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Live like Jake foundation helped pay for my two kids to go through ISR swim lessons. I am so thankful for the scholarship they provided the kids. It will ease my anxiety that my kids can survive in the water. My oldest daughter is 4 and has not spent a ton of time around the water, but she is also a clinger. She usually stays by me always. My 19 month old is a different story. He is wild and always exploring. It was pulling on my heart this summer that I was not going to be able to afford and find a spot for them to be taught. I local instructor posted that she had two cancellations. She also posted that Live like Jake provides scholarships. I quickly applied crossing my fingers that we would be approved if it was meant to be. They approved the application SO fast and not only for my youngest, but my oldest child as well. I literally cried I was so thankful. I still am. I hope that next summer we will spend more time around the water, and we will do so knowing that my kids have the survival skills if needed. The most common comment I hear when I am talking about ISR is "well we don't have a pool and are not around water that much." EXACTLY. All the more reason to give your children that skill if you get the opportunity. Live Like Jake foundation is helping parents do just that.

1 Malissa Marie N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is being prepared by certified instructors to learn how to float if ever falling into a body of water! She was given a scholarship from Live Like Jake Foundation which we are VERY grateful for due to my husband being laid off with all this going on! Thank you Live Like Jake Foundation!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Live Like Jake Foundation is an excellent organization that financially help families with ISR lessons. I’m so grateful for their support and I’m more at ease knowing my 11 month old is learning how to survive if he were to fall into a pool. The instructor/s are so knowledgeable and patient with the kids. It’s been an overall great experience.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is 13 months old and she is floating and finding air in any position she is put in! I can not thank Mrs.Morrison and her instructor enough. She was very patient with her and worked through every obstacle that came up. I am confident when she is around water now and am so thankful for this program!

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livelikejake 09/06/2021

Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I heard about LLJ through neighbors and friends in my community. Then, they opened an indoor facility within walking distance of my home and childcare! The proximity has made it so convenient to work lessons into my schedule. ISR lessons are so important and I know that thanks to the outreach and awareness by the LLJ foundation. Their indoor facility has made it convenient and accessible for my family.

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livelikejake 09/06/2021

Thank you Carmengloria!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed by my whole experience with Live Like Jake and with ISR. I had such a paranoia about my kids and the water. Them drowning has always been such a fear for me, especially after a near drowning situation with my oldest. The scholarship that LLJ provided allowed me to get 2 of my kids in to lessons with ISR and they both just graduated. They can float and swim to survive until they are rescued or can reach a place to rescue themselves. My fear has almost disappeared and has been replaced with confidence and a better understanding of what to do with them while in the water and out. Thank you so much LLJ!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful foundation. We are very low income and because of them my daughter was able to have access to ISR lessons. Every child deserves a fighting chance and Live Like Jake makes that happen. Thank you so much for all that you do!

1 Nicole D.8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Love the work you do not only for your community but everything and one you touch. Not one more child drowns totally preventable ❤️

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an ISR Instructor I have seen people that couldn’t afford swimming lessons make it with this foundation and able to give this gift to a family. Such an amazing foundation!

Jonny Imerman     CLOZTALK    ImermanAngels

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GREAT mission, GREAT team! the CLOZTALK team is honored to call this org a partner & promote its good work!

CLOZTALK team
>> Jonny Imerman, co-founder

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Live Like Jake is a wonderful organization that assists many families and promotes water safety! All in loving memory of a beautiful little boy named Jake. I recommend supporting this foundation! Love what they do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Live Like Jake is such an amazing organization!!! Helping families to qteach their littles swim survival skills. I know without this remarkable opportunity my children would have never been able to embark on this life changing experience and for that I am forever grateful. Thank you, Live Like Jake!!!

Brittany K.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Live like jake is a great organization, they helped me afford swim lessons for my children after my son suffered a non fatal drowning. They are great.

Joe M.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Live like jake has made a great impact not only in my community but beyond. I have been doing their run to raise awareness since inception and will continue to support this great organization. I’m saddened by the loss that has happened but optimistic this organization will help other families not have to suffer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

LLJ provided me with the links necessary to find a reputable ISR instructor. I’ll forever be greatful for the awareness they raise for ISR.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Live Like Jake leadership has turned the tragic loss of Jake into a passionate determination to end childhood drownings.

David P.12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have been blessed by this organization following the tragic passing of our 2 year old in a drowning accident. Live Like Jake sponsored our 4 year old’s ISR lessons and greatly relieved the anxiety we feel about her ability to interact and enjoy the water. This organization strives to limit the tragedies through education and awareness. We are grateful for their support.

Jen P.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for the peace we now feel as our 4.5 yr old learns to swim because of the scholarship from the Live Like Jake Foundation! I had never really understood ISR and how valuable this type of instruction is. We lost our 2 yr old recently to drowning and had such great fear of our 4.5 yr old still not knowing how to swim a few months ago. We relied on puddle jumpers and we were planning on starting lessons for both of them right before lock down from the pandemic. Unfortunately we lost our sweet boy soon after lock down. God Bless organizations like this that step in and protect your children through alleviating the financial burden you already carry from everything else that comes in these kinds of tragedies. We love our instructor and our 4.5 yr old daughter was eager to learn and is doing great, to our tremendous relief! Peace of mind is invaluable in this regard as it lightens the grief and burden we already feel. Thank You Live Like Jake!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Live Like Jake! This organization helped my best friend, and her family out when her little guys accident happened. This nonprofit goes above, and beyond for each and every family! They provided help with each of my younger son’s ISR lessons!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had very positive impressions from the Live Like Jake Foundation. Their efforts to prevent children from drowning are extremely worthwhile. It is heartbreaking to see the tragedy so many families face when another accidental drowning occurs. They are actively working to provide swimming lessons to children and to educate the community as to the very real and present danger of an accidental drowning. If you are charitably inclined - your donations to Live Like Jake Foundation, Inc. will be well-used.

msamanda1234

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization!! I follow a few different non profits and this one is one of the great ones. Lost my son J.J. May 1st 2019 and was not aware of ISR or that this is the #1 cause of death ages 1-3. I never knew who bad puddle jumpers were or how easy and frequent drowning happens.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for Live Like Jake! Because of this organization, my daughter was able to take ISR lessons and learn how to self-rescue! I am forever thankful for their generosity.

Ashton P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My little girl had a near drowning experience when she was 4. Thank goodness we were in the pool with her & her dad started CPR immediately. I swore from that day forward all my kids would be water safe. A few months later when our youngest son was born, I knew I had to do something as soon as possible to insure his safety. I watched him like a hawk but I desperately wanted to put him in swim lessons. There were none close or they were constantly booked. When a good friend of ours became an instructor with ISR, I applied right away for classes. She recommended Live Like Jake because of our family size & experience. This organization was talking with me on a personal basis from day one. Not only did my son get water safe but the instructor worked with my daughter also as an added bonus. I am so very grateful for the opportunity allotted my family. I will recommend this organization over & over & over again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Live Like Jake is unusual in that I have never used their service as the end customer. I schedule lessons for several ISR instructors and have worked with LLJ many times to get scholarships for our students. Every single interaction with LLJ has been so positive, helpful, and as a result I have seen dozens of children receiving scholarships for live saving swim lessons. I promote LLJ whenever I can on social media and in real life. They are making a huge difference for so, so many families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My girls were able to still be safe in the water and take their isr class due to the scholarship we received. Covid impacted my husband’s job and we didn’t have the money. Keri is no doubt saving children’s lives with her organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Live Like Jake is an amazing foundation! Not only have they helped children nationwide learn to self-rescue swim, but they’ve provided the community with so much more! They’ve educated the community on drowning prevention best practices. They’ve also provided medical costs and funeral expenses to children who’ve suffered a drowning accident. The founder of Live Like Jake, Keri Morrison, is the most amazing woman! She personally reaches out to drowning victim’s families to connect and help them through their grief. Keri has made it her mission to end childhood drowning so no parent will have to suffer the pain of losing a child to a drowning accident. The Live Like Jake Foundation works tirelessly to achieve this goal. They host events throughout the year that are uplifting and fun! Their volunteers are positive and kind! This is a phenomenal organization to get involved with!

Tiffany K.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

After a non fatal drowning accident at six months old, the first thing I did was start researching survival swim lessons. However with three kids under four and just one income, I wasn’t sure how we could make it happen. I learned about Live Like Jake and applied for a scholarship. I remember sitting in a parking lot when I received the email and cried hysterically when I learned all three of my children received scholarships. A year later, we are still being blessed by this scholarship. My kids learn more with each lesson they take. Live Like Jake gave my family a gift that we could never repay and knowledge we will never forget.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the Live Like Jake Fohndation and the scholarship they gave my daughter 4 years ago! She learned to swim quickly and still uses the skills learned.

Martha Ximena S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have 5 kids with the last two being twins. I never had the chance to have my three oldest take swimming or ISR classes due to financial reasons...thankfully with a scholarship from Live Like Jake, my twin girls had the opportunity to go through ISR at 13 months old. They are now 4 year old and I feel confident that they have the skills to rescue themselves in case of an accident. We attended our refresh classes as well and are so grateful and bless to have been placed under Juliana Marino ISR Instructor, she loves what she does and we love her. Live Like Jake a d Keri have been a blessing in our lives. We not only learn how to rescue, but how to maintain protective barriers around our pool, and home. This has been one of the best decisions in our lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Live Like Jake is instrumental in providing life-saving water safety/drowning prevention information and instruction. The non-profit is well run and a pleasure to do business with.

Kristi K.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing foundation, dedicated to serving the community and relentlessly/tirelessly working to achieve their mission to prevent childhood drowning. Their goal is to educate families on drowning prevention, provide ISR swim scholarships to families in need, and aid and assist families that have been impacted by the tragedy of fatal or non-fatal drowning incidences. We have personally benefited from the education that this foundation provides and witnessed the commitment of the leaders of the Live Like Jake Foundation to end childhood drowning. I highly recommend supporting this organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful to
Live like Jake foundation . It is amazing what they do and they have us such a gift for our children .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely Outstanding, educating and resourceful. They live an breath to save lives! NOT ONE MORE!!

Jennifer B.29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An incredible organization that puts the leading cause of death in children between the ages of one and four on the frontlines.

Heather Ivester A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing work done by this charity. Over 2000 swim scholarships have been provided since inception. Keri is truly an inspiration.

Tara W.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing foundation that not only advocates for children and families but saves their lives. Can’t say enough about the life long impact LLJ has had on so many lives!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Everything about this foundation is amazing! What they have accomplished over the last 5 years is truly a blessing to so many people!

Jade Van G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Live Like Jake provided scholarships to both of my children for ISR swim lessons, at a time when we needed it most. Keri is very passionate and treated us as family. Because of the generosity of the LLJ family, my kids are skilled and safe!

Peggy Schuring W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Live like Jake is a wonderful foundation. Helping families with scholarships for aquatic safety lessons.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The most amazing organization!!! Working tirelessly to end childhood drowning, incredible what has been accomplished in just 5 years. Keri Morrison and Live Like Jake will change the world.

Holly Dodd N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Keri is so awesome to work with. This is such a great cause!❤️❤️

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an ISR Instructor with Infant Swimming Resource. The Live Like Jake Foundation helps families who can not afford swimming lessons by granting a scholarship for them. They also help families who have lost a child to drowning and those who have had a nearing drowning with hospital expenses! This Foundation is helping to spread DrowningcAwareness around the world. Selfless caring and loving family. Simply, they are priceless!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of LLJ for a few years now—Keri is an inspiring individual and the work she has done in her son Jake’s honor is nothing short of phenomenal!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This Foundation is amazing. They have helped so many families with making their children safer around the water by offering scholarships for swim survival lessons. They have also helped families whose children have suffered because of a near drowning incident. The President of this Foundation has also personally contacted parents who lost their children to a drowning to console and offer help.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

LLJ foundation is an incredible organization that I’ve worked with for a few years. They are dedicated to raising awareness for childhood drowning and funds to help families pay for survival swim lessons.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic charity that has taken personal tragedy and turned it into a celebration of life, by helping children who can not afford swim lessons!

Isr Michael P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

LLJ is amongst three charities that I donate to. My church and St. Judes Hospital are the other two. I only donate our family's hard earned money to organizations I trust and I know first hand what an amazing job LLJ does to prevent the next child from drowning. They are excellent stuarts of donated money and I trust them!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Keri Morrison, the mother of Jake and Founder / CEO of Live Like Jake is incredibly passionate about ending childhood drowning and preventing other families from having the loss of a child to drowning. This foundation is making a difference!

2 Tania G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Live Like Jake has been a true blessing to our family. With their assistance I was able to obtain swim rescue lessons for all three of my children that we could not afford otherwise. With a backyard pool water safety has always been a major concern but most safety measures seemed so out of reach with a limited income. Keri and Live Like Jake have been a pleasure to work with. We are forever grateful for the gift she has given my children!

1 Courtney Heller N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I nearly lost my 19 month old daughter, Mila, in my backyard pool after she snuck out undetected. I found her unconscious and thought The worst. Thank God I was able to revive her with the help of my neighbor. She luckily is still with us today and is perfectly perfect. The Live Like Jake foundation reached out to me afte this horrific incident and provided Mila with a scholarship for ISR lessons. She has since completed her lessons!! LLJ also set us up with Life Saver pool fence who installed a fence in my back yard free of charge. I cannot explain what this peace of mind has done for me and my family. The support from LLJ has been amazing. Thank you Keri and Life Saver Pool Fence ❤️