Helping North Georgia

Raising awareness on water safety

30 Seconds

Drowning is silent, and can happen in as little as 30 seconds.

80% of child drownings occur with at least one parent present.

320,000 People

An estimated 320,000 people drown worldwide every year, it is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death in children under 4 years of age.

10 per Day

In the United States an average of 10 deaths due to drowning occur per day. 

It is estimated that another 5-10 per day receive hospital care for nonfatal drowning injuries.

Who We Are

In 2021, we tragically lost Leland while vacationing to a drowning accident. She was an energetic two year old who loved the ocean and the lake near our home. At two years old, we had plans to start her in swimming school upon returning from vacation but sadly never had the opportunity. Out of this unbearable loss we want to help prevent this tragedy for others and honor the memory of our sweet girl.

Leland’s Legacy is a non-profit organization where our mission is to help north Georgia by raising awareness on water safety by providing education, safe swimming gear, and funding safety classes for local families.

Our mission requires the support of others. Please help us reduce the incident of drowning by donating and/or supporting an upcoming event.

What We Do


— Swim Lessons

Working with local swim instructors and families to increase survival swimming skills for children.


— Life Jackets

Providing free life jackets at popular Lake Lanier swimming spots for inexperienced swimmers.


— Safety Education

Provide resources and information about how to reduce accidental drowning.