Dr. Henry Krous receiving an award from Laura Gould Crandall for his dedication to SUDC at the SUDC program’s 10th anniversary cruise around NYC.
The presentation by Dr. Henry Krous was entitled “Post-Infancy SIDS-Is it on the rise?” Following the presentation, Dr. Krous agreed to review the children’s records of the families in attendance to learn more about them. Over the following two years, more families who had experienced an unexplained childhood death were identified and Dr. Henry Krous and Laura Gould Crandall cofounded the San Diego SUDC Research Project which studied cases of SUDC from 2001- 2012. In 2001, Crandall joined Chelsea Hilbert, both SUDC mothers, to create the SUDC Program under the CJ Foundation for SIDS. With each year, the program grew to provide more services to more families with greater needs. In 2014, Crandall joined Lorri Caffrey, another SUDC mother, along with Dr. Orrin Devinsky and Jim Lintott to establish the SUDC Foundation as an independent nonprofit organization. The SUDC Foundation was created to continue the mission of the Program, as well as meet the current needs of those touched by Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood.
In May 2017, the SUDC Foundation initiated a five-year strategic planning process. After months of stakeholder interviews and data analysis, the members of the Board of Directors and staff of the SUDC Foundation met in September 2017 to clarify the Foundation’s vision, mission and value proposition, develop the organization’s priority objectives over the next five years and develop a strategy to accomplish them. Representatives from Sterling Foundation Management, the Foundation’s strategic management partner, led the retreat and below are those priority objectives.