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Son's Drowning Spurs Mom to Action, Helps Children to Learn How to Swim

  • Posted by Mommy Brown
  • November 16, 2012 12:36 PM EST
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Wanda Butts lost her teenage son in a drowning accident six years ago, and ever since then she has been working to change a troubling statistic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-American children between the ages of 5 and 14 drown at a rate almost three times higher than white children in the same age range.

Since 2007, Butts and her nonprofit, the Josh Project, have helped nearly 1,200 children -- most of them minorities -- learn how to swim.

CNN asked Butts for her thoughts on being chosen as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012.

 

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Pictured: Wanda Butts (left) and her daughter Tankeeya Butts of the Josh Project.

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