Apr 26, 2010 5:23 AM by John Romero

Families memorialize lost children

Families who've lost their children gathered Sunday afternoon to remember the loved ones who left this life too soon. "We hope that it's another step in the healing process for families." explains Memorial Health Systems Chaplain Michelle Todd.

Daniel Regalado and Brooke Ruth know the pain all too well. "I've never felt anything like that." explains Daniel. Their daughter Skylynn only lived one month when SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome took her life. "It's indescribable, there's no words." adds Brooke, "It's just loss."

Chris and Molly Howsden also experienced loss when their baby June died because of complications with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. "It's hard to put into words what it's like when you sit down and the doctors tell you not only does she have a disease, but it's one that's going to kill her." says Molly, "It's just something nobody should ever have to go through."

Now, both families are crusading for more education and research on infant mortality. The Howsden's supports various organizations dedicated to curing SMS. For Daniel And Brooke, Skylynn's passing has inspired them to start Skylynn's Legacy, a non-profit dedicated to bringing awareness to people about SIDS. "The littlest and simplest things are what people need to know." explains Brooke, "The basic things to save your baby is a very big step and that's what we're trying to do." For both families it's the ultimate way to memorialize their baby while helping save the lives of others. "It brings hope for us that other families may not have to go through this." says Molly.

CLICK HERE to visit Skylynn's Legacy website.

CLICK HERE to visit the Fight SMA website.

CLICK HERE to read the Howsden family blog.



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