A MESSAGE FROM Laura-Charlie
On November 6th, just 3 weeks after Rosie's 5th birthday, Charlie and I will be running the NYC Marathon in honor of our Rosie girl and in support of The SUDC Foundation. Our story is heartbreaking - even 2.5 years later, we still cannot believe that we lost our perfectly healthy and happy baby girl with no explanation. But what is even more heartbreaking, is that we are not alone in our pain. Every year - sudden unexplained death in children strikes almost 400 families & is one of the leading causes of death in children 1-18 years old. The SUDC Foundation is the only organization worldwide that promotes awareness, funds research, and supports the grieving families who are affected. After connecting with other SUDC families, attending our first annual SUDC retreat this past April, and seeing first hand the impact this organization has on so many - we could not be more passionate about supporting the work that they do. The SUDC "tribe" has given us a forum for answers, a network for connections, and a lifeline when we didn't know how to move forward.
As parents who have children both in this world and in heaven, we are constantly striving to keep Rosie "alive" - in our family, in our home, in our community. Rosie was beautiful. She was silly. She was sweet. And she was one tough cookie. She fiercely tried to keep up with her big cousins & she was fearless. We often witnessed her falling down and quickly getting right back up again. We want our girls to know all about Rosie, but most importantly we want to show them this resiliency. We want to show them how to get back up, even when you feel like you have nothing left to give. And not just get up - but get up and do something great. We want to show them how to live like their big sister, Rosie.
And so we are lacing up our sneakers. We will run 26.2 miles for all of the children gone too soon, for all of the grieving parents that are searching for their strength and their path forward, for our God-sent network of friends and families that have helped guide us back to life, for the doctors & nurses that work tirelessly to find us answers, for the SUDC foundation and the resources they provide. But most importantly, we run for ROSIE. Because every step we take - is one step closer to being with her again. Because we have no doubt that she will carry us over that finish line. Because we live to make her proud. Because we are #ROSIESTRONG.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support, for your love, and for any monetary donation you may be able to provide towards our goal.
For more information about our Rosie girl and ways in which you can be involved with the Rose Elizabeth Foundation, please visit www.rosiebeagan.com
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