Tucker’s Promise: a non-profit teaching children how to swim

Reporter: Asha Patel Writer: Bryanna Sterzenbach
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Losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare, and this family is finding a way to give back.

Tucker Lee was a bright and happy 3-year-old boy when he tragically drowned on July 26, 2022, and Judy Cross, his grandmother, is determined to do what she can to prevent more children from drowning.

Cross said that she and her daughter were doing housework while Tucker was taking a nap. Her daughter fell asleep on the couch, and Tucker woke up and walked right past her, outside and into the pool.

The little boy remained in the pool unresponsive and helpless for 12 minutes, a tragedy that family members want to prevent from happening to others.

Thus, Tucker’s Promise was born, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to families for free swimming lessons.

This year, 94 families applied, and by Saturday, 81 families will get them.

“We will fund any child; we don’t care how much money mom or dad makes; we just wanna get your babies in the water and get them swimming so they’re not my Tucker,” said Cross.

Tucker’s Promise is able to give out these scholarships through donations and partnering up with other organizations.

Cross says that even if just one child is saved, the entire foundation is worth it.

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