Jenny Nyugen was loved by many at Keys Gate Charter School, where she almost completed the sixth grade as an honor roll student in the gifted program. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, 12-year old Jenny was a longtime resident of Homestead. On April 16th, 2011, Jenny tragically lost her life when she went into water too deep for her limited swimming ability and was not able to make it out on her own.
The “Swim for Jenny” Memorial Fund was established in Jenny’s honor to provide children in South Florida the opportunity to attend learn-to-swim classes at their local park for free, thus helping to prevent another tragedy such as this from happening in the future to another child.
Nationally, drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1 to 14. Florida has the second highest number of drowning incidents in the U.S. and Miami-Dade County leads the state in drowning deaths with an average of 45 a year.
You can make a difference in a child's life by donating to the “Swim for Jenny” Memorial Fund. Donations will be used to provide scholarships to learn-to-swim courses throughout Miami-Dade County keeping children safe in South Florida. Learn-to-Swim lessons will educate children and their parents in water safety, swim technique and drowning prevention. For as little as $30, you can fund two weeks of swimming lessons for a single child.
For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.swimforjenny.org. Save a life, teach a child to swim, keep Jenny's memory alive.