Ronald Vincent Raymond
Born May 10, 1975
Died September 15, 1975
Happy Birthday to Ronny.....he would have been 36 years old today.
He died when he was 4 months and five days old.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
SIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of an infant younger than one year old. Most SIDS deaths happen when babies are between 2 months and 4 months of age. It is the leading cause of death in children between one month and one year of age.
However, the number of deaths due to SIDS has decreased dramatically since 1975.
The Back to Sleep campaign was started in the early 1990's to emphasize the message that infants should be placed on their back to sleep. Since parents and caregivers began following this recommendation, the number of SIDS deaths has decreased by over 50 percent.
Four or five years after Ronny died Bill bought a gold charm for me. It was part of a special fundraiser for (what was then) a local chapter of the National Foundation of Sudden Infant Death.
The charm is called the "SIDS Tree".
The SIDS Tree is now used as the logo for a non-profit in Illinois.
"The tree depicted with a single leaf fallen to the ground has symbolized Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois since its inception. The fallen leaf is a symbol of the infant who has died. That leaf, which would have eventually developed into an entire branch of our family tree has died and fallen away.
The promise of that life will never be realized, yet, this tree is also a hopeful symbol of life. Despite the loss of this leaf, the tree continues to grow and flourish. Over time, new leaves are added, some others may have fallen off. The cycle of life continues and there is hope...."
This charm is so precious to me. As it turned out, after Ronny died (the leaf that fell) I had four more children (the leaves still on the tree). How perfect. It's such a sweet remembrance.