I am running the 2019 Boston Marathon in memory of my daughter, Ripley, who died on May 9, 1997. The cause: SIDS.
Like most SIDS victims Ripley was perfectly healthy before she took a nap and didn't wake up. A SIDS death comes suddenly and unpredictably. It is the leading cause of death among babies between one month and one year of age. The cause of SIDS is still unknown.
The help and counseling Michelle and I received from professionals dedicated to SIDS families was a vital factor in our ability to survive and build our family.
That's why I run for Ripley. I run in her memory to help other families who have to suddenly face this nightmare. I've joined the Miles for Miracles team because Boston Children's Hospital is dedicated to advancing the understanding of SIDS. The Roberts Program is working to uncover the medical issues, understand the genetics, and soften the grief connected to SIDS. You can find more information here: www.childrenshospital.org/robertsprogram
And the hospital does not stop there. Boston Children's understands the importance of training the next generation of top pediatricians and nurses so they can continue to provide the best, most innovative care possible to kids.
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