“I’m never saying it just can’t be because it can happen at any moment when you think it can’t happen to anyone,” said Candice Brown, Mason’s mother.
HOUSTON. In the Houston area, two people have already drowned in the new year, both children in backyard pools.
Now one mom who has already experienced such a loss is sharing her story in the hope of saving lives.
January 5, 2023 marks five years since the drowning of Mason Brown. His mom made it her mission to take his tragedy and turn it into something that could help others.
“I’m never saying it just can’t be because it can happen at any moment when you think it can’t happen to anyone,” said Candice Brown, Mason’s mother. “Never expected it to be me.”
Mason was only 3.5 years old when he drowned on January 5, 2018.
“He ran away from his grandparents’ house and found his way to the pool in his neighbor’s backyard,” Candace said.
The Waller County family was at a loss. Mason enjoyed racing, climbing trees and building his dinosaur collection.
Unfortunately, they learned that other families have experienced the same tragedy this year.
“It’s only the beginning of a new year, and already two kids have drowned the New Year,” Candice said.
One such drowning occurred in Cy-Fair. A five-year-old child was found in a backyard pool during New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Another drowning occurred in Katy when another 5-year-old fell into the pool during a New Year’s Eve party.
In 2022, there were 11 reported drownings in Harris County and 76 across the state.
Candace founded the “MKB Foundation” using her child’s initials in hopes of reducing those numbers.
“It covers the cost of swimming lessons for children around Houston and Fort Bend County,” Candace said.
Classes are designed for children aged three to eight years and are held all year round.
Candice said she couldn’t get Mason back, but she could save the others.
“You don’t want my tragedy,” she said.
KHOU 11 spoke to the Cy-Fair Fire Department, who were on the scene for one of the New Year’s Eve drownings. They say if a child falls into the pool, do not try to transport him yourself. Instead, you should call 911 first so that your child’s medical care is not delayed.
You can learn more about the MKB Foundation on its Facebook page.
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