Columbus, Ohio - July 3, 2013 – When Nathan and Michelle Hurd lost their son in 2009 to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) they felt compelled to take action and started a nonprofit called BabyWill.org. The young charity has connected with other local families who have also lost children. Fundraising events are uplifting and now routinely draw hundreds of participants. Today BabyWill.org is announcing a $10,000 gift to support the work of Dr. Arthur James at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The check will be presented at the conclusion of the organization’s largest event, the SIDS Awareness 5k on Saturday, July 27th. The presentation ceremony will feature Dr. James, Brutus Buckeye, and scores of other families who have made the gift possible.
This will be the third grant BabyWill.org has made to combat SIDS, and the first to an Ohio based institution. Prior grants totaling $20,000 have supported the work of Dr. Hannah Kinney at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the work of Dr. Rachel Moon at Children’s National in Washington DC.
Nathan Hurd, who serves as the Chairman of BabyWill.org said “The more we learned about SIDS and related SUID, we were encouraged by how much the researchers already know. You always hear that SIDS is a big mystery, and to a certain extent it is, but it was surprising how much the medical community already knows.”
Over the past thirty years the SIDS death rate has come down, but over 2,000 children in the US still die each year from SIDS and it is still the leading cause of death for children age one month to one year. “To put that in perspective, on average a child dies somewhere in this US every four hours.” Hurd went on to say, “That is the equivalent of 45 school buses full of children lost each year. Over the past 30 years it is the equivalent of 5,000 kindergarten classes.”
Dr. James is new to Ohio, moving here to join the faculty of The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in July of 2011. Ohio has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the country ranking 40th out of 50 states and 44th worst for African Americans. Dr. James has a proven track record reducing infant mortality, and was recruited to Columbus to join other leaders in efforts to solve Ohio’s Infant Mortality problem.
“We were shocked to learn Ohio’s infant mortality rate was so high” said Hurd. “It does not make any sense. As an alumnus of Ohio State, and now a father who has lost one of those children, it really hurts.” Hurd went on to say that BabyWill.org is committed to supporting the best work in solving SIDS, but as a locally focused non-profit it is especially important to support Ohio State’s efforts to get more involved in the fight against SIDS and infant mortality.
Columbus, Ohio based BabyWill.org is a 501(c)3 public charity committed to solving SIDS through research, advocacy, and helping local families. Founded by the friends and family of Michelle and Nathan Hurd in 2010, BabyWill.org is focused on joining the SIDS community and playing an important role in eradicating SIDS at a local level within Central, Ohio.
Nathan Hurd, Chairman
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