"I just want to be a good person, good people are remembered."
— Ryan Thomas
Childhood drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in children ages 0-5. In 2014, there were 152 incidents with 53 fatalities. 33 adults, 6 teens, and 14 children lost their lives in Arizona due to drowning. Tragically, these deaths could have been prevented with life jackets, proper water barriers, education, and CPR training.
After the loss of their twenty-one year old son, Ryan Thomas, at Saguaro Lake in 2008, the Thomas family created the Ryan Thomas Foundation in hopes of making a difference in the lives of others. Directed and run entirely by volunteers, the Ryan Thomas Foundation aims to contribute all of it's event proceeds to local causes.
Since 2009 the Ryan Thomas Foundation has contributed nearly $100,000 to charitable organizations that educate and promote water safety. In addition, they have donated 375 life jackets to the Arizona Game and Fish Department and 100 life jackets to the YMCA for The Life Jacket Loaner Program.