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Arizona Unites for 13th Annual Drowning Impact Awareness Month

Before they can even start kindergarten, too many of our children are drowning - among Arizona children one to four years old, drowning deaths are happening at double the national rate.  And, these deaths are most likely to happen between now and Labor Day weekend.

That’s why Phoenix Children’s Hospital brings the state together for Drowning Impact Awareness Month, Arizona’s largest drowning prevention effort, which kicks off on Friday, July 29th at 9:30 am in the Melvin L. Cohen Conference Center, at 1919 E. Thomas, Phoenix, AZ.  

Powerful speakers will share their stories, including David Notrica, MD, Trauma Medical Director at Phoenix Children’s and Emily Eoff, who nearly drowned at the age of two, in 1994.

Strong visuals will include:

  • Displays in honor of children who have drowned, with special messages from parents.
  • Guests tying the last of nearly 800 ribbons in the trees at Phoenix Children’s, to represent the number of Arizona children and teens who died or were severely injured in drownings since 2000.
  • Proclamations from Governor Ducey and Mayors across Arizona.
  • Fire engines and advocates representing support from across the Valley of the Sun.

Please note:  Media parking will be available on the North side of the Rosenberg Children’s Medical Plaza. 

To learn more about Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Center for Family Health and Safety, and ways to keep kids safe, visit

About Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Phoenix Children’s Hospital is Arizona’s only children’s hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals with rankings in all ten specialties. Phoenix Children's provides world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, Phoenix Children’s provides care across more than 75 pediatric specialties. The Hospital is poised for continued growth in quality patient care, research and medical education.

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