WTOL Editorial: Turning Grief into Action

Losing a child is something no parent should have to live through. Imagine the courage it would take to turn this tragic event into an opportunity to save other children. Well, one woman, Wanda Butts, is doing just that.

Last summer, Wanda's 16 year-old son John-Joshua fell off an inflatable raft. He drowned because he didn't know how to swim.

Wanda grieved and mourned. When she got stronger, she determined to do something positive with her grief. She wanted to teach inner city children how to swim.

Wanda teamed up with the Greater Toledo Aquatic Club to create "The Josh Project." Kids and their swimming teachers meet every Sunday at the St. Francis High School pool. The program is free for the children.

Wanda's church has provided much of the funding. Donations would be gladly accepted. The money would be put to good use.

I'm Bob Chirdon, and I commend you, Wanda Butts. I hope The Josh Project is a success.