Ramers establish foundation to fund infant rescue lessons

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gregg and Meredith Ramer have established B&K Remembered, a non-profit organization in memory of their twins, Brayden and Kenadi, who drowned two years ago.

Meredith said the foundation is a means to generate funds for child safety and awareness, particularly around water, as well as scholarship money, child-oriented community improvements and bereavement and financial support for families who’ve lost children.

The primary function of the foundation is to help fund Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) lessons to area children. Classes are expensive, costing an estimated $600 per child, and are held Mondays through Fridays for a six-week period. A new session is set to begin July 18 at Opp’s Mizell Wellness Center.

“It’s something that no parent should ever face, having to bury your children,” Meredith said. “We want to give back to the community in memory of our children. The slogan we’ve adopted is ‘turning pain into promise.’

“Our lives are forever changed by the deaths of our children,” she said. “On the flip side, our lives are now forever changed because of the wonderful program ISR.

“We have confidence that there is an extra layer of protection over our youngest daughter, Kaidi, around water,” she said.

Kaidi began ISR lessons at 7 months. Now, she’s 18-months-old and swimming.

“It’s amazing to watch her swimming, then roll over and float,” Meredith said. “If only I would have known more about this program before the twins passed, but that’s what our promise is – that we will reach out make this program a success.”

T-shirts are currently being sold to help raise funds, she said. Regular sizes are $15 each, with 2XL and 3XL, $17, and they are available by calling Meredith at 334-504-2894.

Donations are also being accepted by visiting www.bkremembered.blogspot.com and clicking on the donate button.