AUBURN, Wash. When the White family gathered for an impromptu basketball game on the patio on Saturday, there was one family member missing.
I have an amazing family with incredible children, said Deanna White, But she is a missing part, the missing piece.
Deanna is talking about her daughter Paris, who died six years ago in the family pool. She would have been 8 years old next month.
It still feels very raw, very new still. My heart is very broken, said Deanna.
Her heart may be broken but the Whites drive to keep this from happening to someone else is stronger than ever.
I know that they won't suffer what I have suffered for these years, said Deanna.
For the last two summers, the Whites have been handing out life jackets at pools and rivers.
In the beginning it was all children, said Paul White. Now everyone wants an adult life jacket.
Their 17-year-old son Skyler is now taking on the effort. He'll be setting up a kiosk this summer at Issac Evans Park in Auburn as part of his Eagle Scout project.
We need to also make her name mean something. We don't want it to be another drowning we want it to impact someone's life in a good way, he said.
Through this ordeal, the Whites have learned an awful lot about water safety. They were confident Paris knew what to do around water. At the time of her drowning she and her brother were walking by the pool on the way to their grandparents house. Somehow Paris slipped or fell in.
Don't be over confident in your children's ability no matter how old they are, said Paul.
This summer the Whites will also be giving away swimming scholarships. Deanna says Paris would be proud.
She would definitely be thrilled that we are doing this, she said.
For more information on the swimming scholarships and the Paris White Foundation go to: http://www.pariswhite.com