A Texoma mother who lost her child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is using her heartbreak to help others.
Although it has been 12 years, the memories are still fresh. In 2006 Erica Morrison received a call no parent ever wants, “[I] just dropped him a daycare one day and had no idea it would be the last day.”
Her nearly three-month-old son, Avery, had been taken from his daycare to the ER, and by the time she arrived he had already passed. Recalling the painful day, she said, “They come in that room and they say, ‘It was SIDS’ but basically what that means is ‘We don't have any idea why your baby didn’t wake up’.”
Erica turned her grief into action by organizing a fundraiser. She said, “I had a seven-year-old-daughter and I couldn’t just lay in bed every day…I decided to do something positive.”
She reached out to the American SIDS Institute to learn the ins and outs. With the help of coworkers from Rolling Meadows retirement community, she has hosted the Spring for SIDS fundraiser for a dozen years now.
It includes a silent auction and a chili cookoff. The money raised goes to help fund research for SIDS
She hopes the annual benefit – while fun – ultimately encourages people to learn about SIDS and who is at risk.
Erica said Avery’s life is honored through the annual event. She said, “The experience is terrible – I don’t wish it on anybody. But the befit is great, it has grown.”
Although the loss of her child impacted her greatly, there is life after tragedy. Her daughter, Alyssa, is 19 and her baby brother Gary is three years old.
The fundraiser will take place a Rolling Meadows retirement community from 11 am to 2 pm. Those wishing to participate in the chili cookoff should arrive earlier. To make online contributions visit: springforsids.org