Last August, 16-year-old Emily Catherine Fedorko lost her life in a tragic tubing accident in Connecticut. Her family created a foundation in memory of Emily (emsway.org) and recently took the initiative to provide education for water sports safety at the New York Boat Show on January 21-15, 2014.
Emily’s booth hosted a raffle with donations from Cabela’s, Oakley, FedEx and Yeti, while the WSIA’s Inflatables Safety Video played in the booth all weekend.
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Story by the Fedorko Family:
The Emily Catherine Fedorko Foundation was created in the memory of Emily Fedorko. She was a beautiful 16-year old high honor student and athlete who loved the water and had a zest for life.
ECFF is a family foundation that provides funding to spread education, advocacy and awareness of boating and water sport safety for adults and children. The foundation will also honor areas of interest in Emily’s life including gifts for academic and athletic endeavors.
From the moment we set our eyes on her big, bright blue eyes and beautiful blond curls, we knew Emily was a special person. We were so proud of her. As a high honor student, she had already achieved academic excellence and was well liked by her teachers and classmates. She was a member of the gymnastics and lacrosse teams and participated in plays and other activities in school and throughout her life.
She had a beautiful personality and energy about her that drew people in. Curious, gracious, polite, kind, inclusive – she was the kind of girl that made friends easily and was a friend to everyone she met. When she entered a room, everyone knew she was there. She was a bright light. And she had a big heart.
Spending time at the beach and on the water has always been an important part of our family life including enjoying time on the boat. Emily loved to walk on the sand, collect sea glass, enjoyed water sports and fishing with Dad. She had completed courses in the state of Connecticut to receive her Safe Boating Certificate (SBC) as well as her Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation (CPWO).
We lost Emily on August 6, 2014 to a tragic tubing accident that might have been preventable. Our hope is that through the Emily Catherine Fedorko Foundation (ECFF), we can educate teens and adults about safe boating practices and help advocate for additional training, specifically for tubing and other water sport activities. We wish to enhance our community’s knowledge of recreational boating and hope our efforts will prevent future injuries and help save someone’s life. We formed ECFF in Emily’s memory to help everyone remember her and to keep her spirit alive.
Thank you to all for your support,
The Fedorko Family