Dozens of pink and blue balloons rose higher and higher into the heavens Sunday above Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone Park, each bearing a “message to an angel,” an otherwise healthy infant who died suddenly before his or her first birthday. Families of these children watched as the balloons disappeared into the sky, part of a remembrance ceremony held following the first Run for the Angels, a 5-kilometer walk/run held by the Inland Northwest SIDS Foundation, a new nonprofit dedicated to providing support for families affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and educating the public about it. “My daughter died in 1989 but everyday it still affects me,” said Andrea Berndt, of Spokane Valley. “She never graduated from high school. She'll never marry or have kids.” Berndt said organizations like Inland Northwest SIDS Foundation, and events like Run for the Angels, provide needed support for families affected by SIDS/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Do you know a family that has faced tragedy of SIDS?