Going swimmingly

. October 29, 2012.

A Toledo woman has won recognition on the national stage for her good work — and she's in position to receive a lot more. Wanda Butts of the Josh Project has been recognized by CNN as a Top Ten CNN Hero of the Year, and will be eligible to win the year's top honor and the $250,000 prize that comes with it. The Josh Project is dedicated to teaching urban youth the valuable and life saving skill of swimming, and is dedicated to the memory of Butts' son, John-Joshua, who died by drowning in 2006. The project provides low-cost swimming lessons and water-safety training to anyone with a desire to learn. Online voting for the Hero of the Year began on September 20, and continues through Wednesday, November 28. If chosen for the quarter-of-a-million dollar grant, Butts plans to build an Aquatic Center in the heart of Toledo, where at-risk children can swim every day. It's a legacy that Josh, and Toledo, can be proud of, and every vote counts. Check out cnnheroes.com to see their segment on Butts and the Josh Project, and to cast your vote.