“Swim for Melissa 2014” continues a legacy

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-  The 2014 “Swim for Melissa” event is in the books.  It was another great success raising funds for the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund.

“These kids have been raising money all summer long,” said founder Amy George.  “Then they come here today as part of a team and they swim as many laps as they can in five minutes, and all of the money that they’ve raised throughout the summer, throughout their fundraising efforts, goes directly into the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund.”

The Swim for Melissa event started in 2005 after the death of Amy and Chris George’s daughter Melissa shortly after she was born.  The event continues her legacy while at the same time helping to save the lives of babies born prematurely.

“When my husband and I started this nine years ago in memory of our daughter, we never could have dreamed what this would turn into. We just wanted to do something to give back. And to come today and see all these people swimming and raising money and see all these kids who could be anywhere else on a Saturday, but they chose to be here, it’s just incredibly humbling. And for us, as Melissa’s mom and dad, to know that she is not forgotten and her legacy will live on through this event, is just incredible and special to us.”​