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About the SUDC Banner Project

The SUDC Foundation Banner Project was created to raise awareness of sudden unexpected death in childhood. We gratefully acknowledge the creative design of the banner to our friends at itsthewatsons (www.itsthewatsons.com) and thank them for this moving tribute to children gone too soon. We hope our banner will improve awareness of this little understood tragedy, engage community advocacy efforts, and help lead to our greater understanding and prevention of SUDC. Hosts of the Banner share their experience through the blog below. Please bookmark this page and come back regularly to follow the travels of the SUDC banner around the world!

Perth, WA, Australia

Perth, WA, Australia

On July 22, 2017, the SUDC banner was hosted in Perth, WA, Australia, at the Inaugural Answers for Archer. 

Fielding, New Zealand

Fielding, New Zealand

It has been an honour to have the banner in Feilding, New Zealand, in September 2017.  It is big and bright and looks even better in person than it does in the photos.  It is unreal to think that the 120 happy precious faces on the banner actually represents over 800 families who live with SUDC every day. Our local newspaper wrote an article about our story and the banner project.
 
It is a privilege that our local Health Centre agreed to display the banner  The Health Centre was opened in early 2016 and our 11 local Doctors are now in the same building.  The banner has been on display on the front of the reception counter so everyone can see it as they walk through the front door.  It looks great and we have had so many positive comments about it.  We are proud to have our son Caleb included on the banner.

The photo is of the banner on display at the Health Centre with 4 generations of Caleb’s family. Sadly, several of them Caleb never got to meet, including his younger brother, niece, and nephew. The banner project has been a great way of raising awareness of SUDC and connections have been made because of it. The day the banner was put on display, heart-breakingly a local family experienced SUDC.  Sadly it keeps on happening!

A big thank you to the SUDC staff for the amazing job you all do and also to the Feilding Health Care team for displaying the banner.

Janet White, SUDC Mum

Fleet, Hampshire, UK

Fleet, Hampshire, UK

In April, we hosted the banner in Fleet, Hampshire, UK in memory of Thomas Bowie who died in 2012. Our childminder, who cared for Tom up to his passing took some pictures and shared it with everyone. It truly is a magnificent piece of art, and so truly special. Each face is gorgeous and so individual and special, and it is so overwhelming knowing each child is missed as much as our dear Tom.

Keaau, Hawaii, USA

Keaau, Hawaii, USA

The banner made its way to Keaau, Hawaii on July 26, 2017. It was displayed at ParadisePark Baptist Church on July 30, 2017. 

We had an opportunity to share about Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood and the mission of the SUDC Foundation during our morning worship service. Our congregation also gathered to dedicate the planting of an orange tree in memory of our grandson, Aiden Christian Evatt (ACE).-Craig Watkins, SUDC grandparent

SE Delano, Michigan, USA

SE Delano, Michigan, USA

We truly couldn’t have asked for a better day to display the banner and promote awareness of SUDC during our community’s “Taste of Delano” food event on Wednesday, August 2, at one of Aiden’s favorite places, Central Park. Our family and friends came out to support us and talk with people in our community about how Aiden, and all the other beautiful children on the banner, left our world too soon. Tears of joy and sadness flowed as we shared stories of our son.

We were very fortunate that our local newspaper wrote an article explaining how our lives have been impacted by the tragic death of our only child to SUDC. Our Aiden was ten years old and had just completed the first week of 4th grade when he died in his sleep, September 9th, 2013. Many thanks to everyone who have put so much hard work in making the Love Beyond Reason banner project such a success! - Jeff and Mary Sullivan, proud parents of Aiden

Grand Ledge, Michigan, USA

Grand Ledge, Michigan, USA

It was an incredible honor to host the SUDC banner for the 7th Annual Run and Play for Ariana Mae held at Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge, MI, in August. Friends of other SUDC families also joined in the days festivities making this year's event a huge success!

We are so proud of the work done by the SUDC Foundation and infinitely grateful for their commitment to our children. Shine on!-Kelly, SUDC Parent
 

Peck, Michigan, USA

Peck, Michigan, USA

We had the pleasure of hosting the banner August 22-28. First, it went to Norah's grandparents' home. In our village of Peck, they live on the busiest street we have. We attached some smaller signs to it, explaining what SUDC and the the Banner Project were, and talked about our Norah.

The next stop was our Sanilac County 4-H Fair. In the 3 days the banner was there, about 18,000 people walked by it in a prime location near the entrance. Many people sent us pictures with the banner and shared them on social media.

SUDC knows no boundaries. It effects people in urban, suburban and rural areas of all walks of life. Although our banner may have not had the huge exposure that it has in other areas of the world, we believe it impacted our area in a strong way and helped educate people about SUDC. Before it happened to our Norah, we'd never heard of it either.

Thank you to the SUDC Foundation for making this very important project.-Karen, SUDC Parent

Staten Island, NY, USA

Staten Island, NY, USA

With thanks to the SUDC Foundation, I was honored to bring the SUDC Awareness banner to my hometown of Staten Island, New York, in July. My family and I decided to bring the banner down by the beach and the boardwalk. It was such a humbling experience. As people walked by they asked questions, and we were able to supply them with information about SUDC and our personal story of losing my cousin Amelia.

The next day I personally hosted a fundraiser at the Staten Island Yankee Stadium, which we also brought the banner to. I feel the banner is a great way to spread awareness about SUDC and showcase the beautiful faces of our angels that were taken too soon.-Cassie Paradise, SUDC Parent
 

Marysville, CA, USA

Marysville, CA, USA

Thank you all so much for the love and support. Hosting the SUDC Foundation's banner at our event in July was amazing. The SUDC Foundation is one of a kind and they can provide much-needed services at no cost to families who are going through the unimaginable! -Alayna Webb, SUDC Parent

Mooresville, North Carolina, USA

Mooresville, North Carolina, USA

We were so excited to be able to host the banner in Mooresville, NC in August. One of Corey's teachers offered to display it on her property. She lives near a busy street, so many people are able to see it. During our set up a stranger stopped, who was lost in our town and asked us about the banner and SUDC. She asked me if I would talk about the SUDC Foundation and our son Corey during a meeting for her chapter (not sure what kind of chapter it is). 

Can't wait to display the banner at the park, at which Corey used to play baseball, for our event and have a picture taken with all attendees. It is heartbreaking to see all those faces of precious children gone too soon to unknown reason and to know
this represents only a fraction. 

Thank you SUDC to allow us to display the banner in our town. I hope we will raise a lot of awareness through this. We are looking forward to the different places the banners will go to. - Sonja, SUDC parent

Lakeville, Minnesota, USA

Lakeville, Minnesota, USA

We had the honor of hosting the SUDC banner in Lakeville, Minnesota the last week of July. We brought the banner to the South Metro Miracle League Field at King Park in Lakeville. The Mission of Miracle League is to provide opportunities for children between the ages of 3-19 with disabilities, to safely play baseball, regardless of ability. Our son Lincoln played on this field during the summer months. Many of our friends and family joined us for a picture in the outfield, to learn about SUDC, and to share our story with others. Our son Lincoln has a bench that was dedicated to him located at an inclusive playground near the field. We took the banner over to his bench for another picture and to remember the faces of our beautiful children affected by SUDC.

We also took the banner to our local Dairy Queen for Miracle Treat Day. A portion of profits from each Blizzard Treat sold that day was donated to Gillette Speciality Healthcare to help kids who have disabilities. Our son Lincoln was a patient at Gillette. We displayed the banner at the entrance of the Dairy Queen and distributed informational cards about SUDC Foundation.  It was a very busy night and many people were able to learn about SUDC. 

We brought the banner to a pond nearby that was named after Lincoln. It was displayed there for friends and neighbors to see. Lincoln's Pond is a special place where our son would feed the ducks daily. Love surrounds the area. It was breathtaking to see our banner there.

We were humbled and proud to host the banner in Lakeville, Minnesota and to raise awareness of SUDC. This is a very special tribute to our children. Always loved. Never forgotten. Forever missed.-Derek and Melanie, Lincolns'  Dad and Mom

Mikkeli, Finland

Mikkeli, Finland

Here we are, in Mikkeli eastern Finland, where Otso spent almost all his life: the unforgettable one year, four months and two weeks. We moved here when Otso was only three and a half week old. He was born in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Mikkeli is a little town nearby lake Saimaa with only 54,000 inhabitants. 

After the banner arrived in July, we wandered around Mikkeli with Otso’s dad, godmother, and relatives and took photos with the banner in many places.  This picture is taken at Mikkeli Market Square in the centre of the town. In the centre are also almost all important places for Otso:  the Mikkeli Music School where he went for one year, the Mikkeli Dance School where he went for half a year and the homes of his relatives, and his best friend, second cousin, Nestori.  The happiest day of his life was when he performed “The day of the mouse” with his toddler dance group on the big stage at Mikkeli Dance School’s Christmas show. He died only two weeks after that on a perfectly normal day. He ate a huge lunch and went to have a nap in his stroller in our terrace. He never woke up. According to the autopsy, he was completely healthy when he died.

In Finland, SUDC is not a well-known cause of death. When the banner arrived, I decided to tell our story to as many people as possible. I contacted both local and national media, told them our story and had three media hits: two national and one local, and much feedback. The best part was that our story reached people who also had lost their kids to SUDC but who hadn’t known that there is a foundation full of people who have experienced the same tragedy. I hope our campaign helped especially them as they share our destiny. Having the banner and giving interviews was hard, and I lived the whole tragedy all over again.  Anyway, I thought it was the right thing to do: Otso and the other SUDC kids need to be remembered.

I had planned to make Otso an international gentleman but he didn’t get a chance to travel abroad, make international friends or learn new languages before he died. I’m touched that now when he is dead he is part of this sad international community of children and can travel around the world with his peers. There are so many kids whose life ended too soon. It was hard to see their faces in the banner and know that this was only a little part of our community. But still, it gives me some relief to know he is not alone and that we are not alone. There are so many of us around the world with this terrible destiny. Thank you SUDC Foundation that you have made this huge work to gather us all together.-Salla, SUDC Parent

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Next Stop!

Three banners are currently making their way around the world. Its next destinations are:

Sept/Oct

Aurora, IL

Chicago, IL

Ashburn, VA

Mt. Peasant, SC

Milford, CT

Concord, NH

Benton, MO

Irving, TX

Batson, TX

Imlay, MI

Ringwood, NJ

Allison Park, PA

Xenia, OH

Ontario, Canada

If you are interested in seeing the banner in person, please email us at bannerproject@sudc.org.