Behind the swarms of Stew Leonards' shoppers, animatronic characters and fresh produce is a story of loss – and hope. In the winter of 1989, Stew Leonard Jr. and his wife Kim lost their toddler in a drowning accident. Since then they've worked tirelessly to prevent needless accidental deaths, forming the Stew Leonard III Water Safety Foundation, in memory of their son.
"There is no reason this should ever happen again," says Kim. Sadly, for children, it happens too frequently. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second-leading cause
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