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SIDS Research Fellow Fund

Help Stop SIDS
By John Kahan
October 6, 2003, Heather and I were blessed with our fourth child and only son, Aaron Matthew. Several hours later, Aaron stopped breathing, and a few days later died of what is classified as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). That means the doctors don't know why he died. We were devastated.

My lifelong mission is to see that no parent experiences the pain of losing a child, or worries that their child may be next.

SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant younger than a year old. It's the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old, claiming 2,500 infants annually. Most SIDS deaths are associated with sleep, and infants who die of SIDS show no signs of suffering. SIDS strikes without warning and leaves few clues about its cause. It not only haunts those like myself who lost children, but casts a shadow of fear over every family with a newborn.

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, in the US, roughly six out of 1000 children die before their first birthdays. Of these, about 4000 infants, or 1 in 6, die each year in the of unexplained causes. In other words, over 52,000 infants died since we lost our son. These deaths are referred to as Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), the death of an infant less than 1 year of age that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly, and whose cause of death is not immediately obvious before investigation. SUIDs includes SIDS, Unknown, and “Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed.”

Please give... a small amount goes a very long way to helping all parents haunted by this terrible mystery.

Research is key to solving this mystery. All money goes to supporting groundbreaking research at the Center for Integrative Brain Research, at Seattle Children's Research Institute. For every $1 you donate, $4 can go to this important research as my wife and I are pledging to match gifts up to $50,000, Seattle Children's will match our gift with another $50,000, and Microsoft is matching $15,000 per year of my donations. Thus, your gift goes further!!!


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