A friend emailed me last week telling me that she had a gift for us from some friends of hers (that we do not know personally). When she came by to bring the gift, I was taken back by what she had to say about why this gift was given to us from them. Two of her friends had lost their daughters, Sydney and Lola to SIDS. They have chosen to remember their "angels" with two foundations, the "Smiling Angel Foundation" and "Lola's IDEA Foundation". They hold annual golf tournaments and fundraisers to raise money to donate for SIDS research. The gift they gave to us was more than generous and will be put to good use in a similar way to honor Ryan someday. We are again, amazed by the generosity of those who do and do not know us personally. We were also reminded that we are not alone as parents and there are others out there that will help us through this difficult time in our lives.
We would like to personally thank Nadine and Dionne for reaching out to us. We are deeply humbled by your generosity and admire your strength to take your own tragic experience and find a way to honor your children.