Each year, the SUDC Foundation spearheads a nationwide effort for each U.S. state to declare March as SUDC Awareness Month. These proclamations call attention to the medical mystery that claims the lives of approximately 400 children in the United States each year and helps bereaved families know they are not alone. Thank you to the following U.S. states for standing up in support of SUDC in 2023!
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The SUDC Foundation advocates for SUDC Awareness Month proclamations in all 50 U.S. states every year. In 2022, 48 participated. This nationwide effort began in 2016, inspired by Drew Joseph Boswell and the Boswell family. The Boswell family successfully advocated for the first statewide proclamation declaring March 2015 as SUDC Awareness Month in the State of Louisiana. Special thanks to the Boswell family for the inspiration and to volunteer Christina Grantham for her tireless dedication to help make this effort a reality!
Are you a family that lives outside the United States? We need your help! If you would like to have a proclamation in your country, contact your state, province or regional government representative to find out how to proceed. The SUDC Foundation is ready to support you!
In 2022, the 48 U.S. states proclaimed March as SUDC Awareness Month included:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
We also thank Alaska for recognizing SUDC as part of Rare Disease and Disorder Day 2023.
After their son Drew passed away on March 12, 2014 at the age of 15 months, Devron and Georgia Boswell’s friend Christina Grantham approached the SUDC Foundation in 2015 about making March SUDC Awareness Month in Louisiana in Drew’s honor.
Christina successfully advocated for then-Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana to fly the flag in Drew’s memory on his birthday and proclaim March 2015 as SUDC Awareness Month in the State of Louisiana for the first time.
This success inspired Christina and the SUDC Foundation to join forces to improve awareness of this little-known tragedy throughout the country by asking every state to proclaim March as SUDC Awareness Month to educate the public and raise funds for crucial research.