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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 1700 scholarships for ISR self-rescue swim lessons in 37 states. We have also financially assisted dozens of 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: 400 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 30 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

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!!!

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!

Jenna E.1

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.

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 ❤️