Your source of information for 2011 Spring-for-SIDS, the national SIDS awareness and fundraising campaign.
Editor: Melissa Todd, Spring-for-SIDS Committee Member
Welcome to the 2011 campaign fundraiser, Spring-for-SIDS
2011 Spring-for-SIDS Steering Committee
Staff Volunteer Committee Members
Betty McEntire, PhD Kristen Marr (Chair of SFS)
Executive Director SIDS Parent
American SIDS Institute President, BabyFeet Jewelry
Naples, Florida Little Rock, AR
William A. Mayer
President and COO
Blue Magnet Capital
Each year, teams across the nation create and manage wonderful and
creative events in order to raise money. Here are a few with their 2011
The Pickard Family is just like many other families who have been affected by Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome. On April 1, 2010 they welcomed their 3rd child to the family, a daughter, Kinslee Jo Pickard.
After 14 weeks of perfect health, SIDS took her life on July 8, 2010. In September 2010, we formed the KJP
Spring-for-SIDS team to raise awareness and contribute funds toward the research of SIDS. Our first event,
the KJP Spring-for-SIDS 5K, will be held on April 30, 2011 in Weatherford, Texas. The community has
really come together in providing many great sponsors and participants. We are looking forward to honoring
Kinslee's memory, as well as, giving all proceeds to the American SIDS Institute.
Head Start Ladies
Team Head Start Ladies was started by Katie Howdeshell, a SIDS parent. She lost her son, Carter in June
2007, at 2 months and 28 days old. She decided that to keep Carter's memory alive and to try and save another
family from feeling the same pain, she would look into fundraisers that donated to SIDS research. She found
Spring-for-SIDS and approached the director of the SCMCAA Head Start center she worked at for the
approval. Many of her co-workers immediately jumped on board to help and have helped come up with
amazing promotional ideas. In March, Team Head Start Ladies' is hosting two nights of ''Karaoke for
Carter'' where each song costs fifty cents to five dollars and accepts any donations, a balloon release for what
would have been Carter's 2nd birthday, and a silent auction/chili supper that many local businesses have
donated to. Everything Team Head Start Ladies raises is being donated in memory of Carter Ryan
Howdeshell. Katie has recieved nothing but support from SCMCAA and the SFS team they have created.
Captains are Katie Howdeshell and Megan Zacek, and committee members Misty Coggins, Rebecca Jeffries,
Stephanie Wamhoff, Jenny Snyder, Stacey Stotts, and PBFYC director, Jodi Rice.
We would also like donations to be in memory of William Andrew Kent. One of my committee members,
Stephanie Wamhoff lost a brother to SIDS in 1983.
In the picture of the team: Front row: Captain Katie Howdeshell Middle row: Stacey Stotts, Misty Coggins,
and Captain Megan Zacek Back row: Jodi Rice, Rebecca Jeffries, Stephanie Wamhoff, and Jenny Snyder
TEAM Spalding Regional
We are a mother/daughter team. Yvette is my mom and has worked at Spalding Regional for over 30
yrs. I grew up at that hospital and I think just our connection with this community will make our campaign
successful. We also, unfortunately, will have the "sympathy vote" so to speak. My brother's first baby,
Charli, died last year. I am an L&D nurse at our facility and I delivered her, my first niece. My mom is a
nurse in the ER and we were in her home unit when Charli was pronounced. Yvette is very passionate about
"honoring" and remembering the deceased. She was the same way when her mother passed. I am very
passionate about educating my mothers.
That being said, one of the main things we both wanted to happen in connection with honoring Charli's life is
to educate the public. Our facility has agreed to let us have a staff/community education day in some of our
classrooms on SPRING FOR SIDS DAY.
Our plans are to set up a table in the cafeteria during lunch time once a week until SPRING FOR SIDS day to
sell our stickers and educate. We are also going to ask local businesses for items to raffle off and hopefully
boost our sells that way. We are also hoping to include the management in my department, Women's
Services, to make sure we are educating that area also. Although, I think all their eyes were opened when it
happened to one of their own, so to speak. The childbirth educator/breastfeeding coordinator has already
pledged her allegiance and assures me she already spends a lot of time talking about prevention.
My sister-in-law and I have participated in Spring-for-SIDS every year in memory of mine and my husband’s
first child, Collin Joseph. We both work for BancorpSouth in Tupelo, MS. We have done bake sales and
silent auctions in the past, but we have just sold stickers and t-shirts in the past 2 years. Employees are
allowed to wear their jeans if they buy a sticker and/or a t-shirt.
Here is a picture of the back of our shirts, this year:
God’s Lent Child
I’ll lend you for a little while, a child of mine, God said
For you to love the while he lives and mourn for when he’s dead.
It may be six or seven years, or forty-two or three
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden you and should his stay be brief
You’ll always have his memories as a solace in your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught below I want this child to learn.
I’ve looked this whole world over in my search for teachers true
And from the folk that crowd Life’s lane I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love and not think the labour vain,
Nor hate me when I come to take this lent child back again?
I fancy that I heard them say “Dear God, thy will be done.
For all the joys this child will bring the risk of grief we’ll run.
We will shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may
And for all the happiness we’ve ever known, we’ll ever grateful stay.
But should the angels call him much sooner than we’d planned
We will brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand."
- Author Unknown