LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The drowning death of a 6-year-old boy in a country club swimming pool was one that shook the community. Keegan Adkins died June 25 from injuries he suffered in the deadly accident at Woodhaven Country Club the day before. Now the community is rallying to help the family.
The sheer number of people at Keegan's visitation and funeral service illustrates how many lives have been touched by his family. His parents have lost Keegan, but just years earlier his older brother. Paying for two funerals takes its toll and that's why friends are now stepping in.
At Icons Salon on Frankfort Avenue there's a buzz about the chance to do some good.
"It just makes you feel good to know, there are good people out there that care," said Gina Cox, an Icons stylist and a friend of the Adkins family. "You know, this has just affected everybody with a family losing a little boy and not only one child, but two."
Keegan's death followed the passing of his older brother, Cory. The 25-year-old Marine sergeant was killed in a car crash in North Carolina just three years before Keegan's accidental drowning at Woodhaven.
"I just found it so tragic and I could put myself in that situation because it could happen and it did so fast for them," said Colleen Ford, the owner of Icons and a parent herself.
Friends like Cox, along with Woodhaven staffers are raising money for funeral costs especially after seeing how many people were moved by Keegan's death.
"People that have no clue who this little boy is," Cox said of the support, "it has been overwhelming."
"I can in no way know what Scott and Shannon are feeling right now," said Beth Green, a Woodhaven staffer, "but I want to support them anyway that I can."
Icons put together a gift basket for a silent auction this Sunday and then got on the phone to other businesses. Woodhaven staff members did the same thing.
"We called the Cheddar Box and Hair Strobel and I think everyone got onboard immediately," said Ford.
Several golf courses around the Louisville area offered outing packages, as did spas and restaurants. The gifts in honor of Keegan keep coming.
"Truly I'm in awe," Cox said. "That is one little boy who has a big set of wings and has touched so many people."
The silent auction is free to the public. It is Sunday, July 10 at Woodhaven Country Club from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will be a live band and lots of activities for the kids.
Donations for the auction will be accepted through Sunday. You can drop them off at Woodhaven, located at 7200 Woodhaven Road or call 502-797-2298 and talk to Beth to have donations picked up.
Monetary Donations can also be made at PNC Bank to the "Keegan Adkins Memorial Fund."