Sunday, January 4, 2009

ATTN: Parents of Choking Game Victims

As we embark on another new year The DB Foundation and are gaining great ground and opening new doors for education and raising awareness of the Dangers of The Choking Game. More and more school districts and medical professionals are becoming aware of the severity The Choking Game poses to the children they interact with, our children!

Learning why children would 'play' the Choking Game is greatly attributed to families of Choking Game victims who have been able to share their story's details with us. With this information we can compile the hundreds of individual specifics and find common ground that needs to be addresses. Every piece of information aids in the design and implementation of education and prevention.

Almost a year ago now, the US CDC released it's findings for how many children have died as a result of the Choking Game. Admittedly, their number of victims (82) was extremely low. This gross inaccuracy was partly due to the criteria to be counted in the study. For example, one criteria was: Information about the victim involved in the Choking Game must have been released in the media. Naturally, many grieving families shun the media at such a time, and that child was not among the 82 counted.

The rate of death and injury is staggering. Many have said that we are only reaching the tip of the iceberg with hundreds per year. The DB Foundation has working relationships with the CDC and other like agencies to provide the necessary information to ensure as accurate numbers as possible in the future. This, in turn, increases awareness within these agencies and will raise a red flag for needed prevention measures. If the one thing all grieving parents have in common is that they never want another parent to feel the pain the know all too well.

If you are a parent of a Choking Game victim and you have not already submitted a "Parent Survey" please do as soon as possible. The survey has a new user friendly all inclusive format combining Victim Database information, Victim Tribute requests and Incident Information all in one place for your convenience.

Thank you for your time and for being able to share details that are often difficult to think about. Please remember, this will save a family the pain of losing a child to The Choking Game.
CLICK HERE: "Parent Survey"

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