FARLEY PAYS IT FORWARD
“After her daughter’s near-drowning accident, model mom Farley Boyle starts C.H.A.S.E. for Life”
By Lana Kazangian
Farley Boyle opens the door to her home with a huge smile. Her girls, Mackenzie, 5, Chase, 3, and Abby, 15 months, are lovely little girls with beautiful hair and dressed identically in Ralph Lauren sweaters and Uggs. Farley’s handsome husband, Patrick, crunches on some pretzel logs and watches a football game. Their house, a gorgeous home with glass walls overlooking the water, is breath-taking. Even the family mascot, a wheezy bulldog named Spike, is endearing and loveable. And when the family gathers on their private dock for a photo, all smiles, it is picture-perfect.
But not everything was so idyllic last summer. A day after Farley, an Expecting Model, returned home from having given birth to her daughter Abby, she almost lost her second daughter, Chase, in a near-drowning accident. “Chase was getting off our boat, backwards, and just fell into the water, without a splash,” recalls Farley. No one even noticed that the little girl had fallen in, except for her big sis, Mackenzie. Patrick quickly put his CPR skills to the test and was able to save his daughter’s life.
For most, the story would end there. Not so for Farley, who realized that this was an opportunity to give back. With two rambunctious little girls and an infant in tow, she created C.H.A.S.E. For Life (www.chaseforlife.org). The non-profit organization is dedicated to teaching people how to perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver to save lives. They have released a new animated instructional video, “How To Save a Life,” starring Paddy the Penguin. With its cool Schoolhouse Rock vibe, the video clearly explains how to handle a choking or drowning crisis with simple yet concise CPR and Heimlich Maneuver instructions. “If a parent only retains a mere 20% of what they see on the video, they have an 80% chance of saving their child’s life,” states Farley.
Both C.H.A.S.E. For Life and their instructional video have been received with open arms. The launch party raised almost a quarter of a million dollars and even the super group Fray agreed to let Farley use their song, “How to Save a Life” as the soundtrack for the video. The media blitz for C.H.A.S.E. For Life has grown exponentially as Farley has appeared in major publications and even on The Today Show to promote her organization.
It seems as if Farley and the Boyle clan are leading the charmed life once again. Between scheduling playdates, photo shoots, and publicity events, Farley is truly an inspirational mom. “My life is crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” says Farley. “All of this is truly a gift.”
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