Jake Morrison was a typical toddler who enjoyed frogs, spiders, lizards and the moon.
The two-year-old boy fell off a dock along the Intracoastal Waterway during a family vacation in New Smyrna Beach and drowned in November 2013, two months before his third birthday. His family wants to spare others from their heartache by raising awareness for drowning prevention.
Roarke and Keri Morrison started the Live Like Jake foundation, which provides scholarships for children who can’t afford swim lessons. The foundation’s second annual 5K race is planned May 14 at Abacoa in Jupiter. More than 130 scholarships were provided in 2015, according to a news release.
The foundation also provides emotional and financial help for families who lost a loved one or have a child with critical care needs.
Roarke and Keri Morrison have two daughters, two-year-old Julia and one-year-old Josie. Josie graduated from Infant Swimming Resource lessons when she was six months old. The 10-minute classes, which last for about five weeks, acclimate babies to water and teach them how to float.
Jake was comfortable around the water and had traditional swim lessons, but not the infant swimming resource ones, Keri Morrison told the Post last year.
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