Rick Kauffman calls himself a fixer and as a fixer, he was a total failure after his three-year-old daughter, Kelsey, drowned in a public swimming pool, eight feet in front of a life guard. Rick started getting involved with water safety, but he quit as things in his life went downhill. Rick ended up divorced, was a failure as a dad, and even attempted suicide. For eight years he let the darkness of grief consume him and blamed all of his failures on his daughter’s death, instead of his own bad choices.
Fifteen years later, Rick came back to the area of water safety and found out nothing has changed. The numbers of drownings were still the same and there were still too many families with a similar story of children drowning in front of a lifeguard. God has given Rick favor to be a voice and to help bring awareness of water safety to others in Kelsey’s name.
Rick has been on this grief journey for over twenty years, and has a lot of good things to share with us.
Rick’s answer to how to help your child leave a legacy: Start small. Make a difference in one person’s life, then do it again, and do it again, until you reach hundreds, thousands and maybe even millions. Get with yourself and with God, asking Him for help, and He’ll show you the way. Let Him help you find your story because you never know who you will touch.
Links referred to in this podcast episode:
Rick Kauffman’s Information
Families United to Prevent Drowning Website
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