BROCKWAY — Brockway Area Junior-Senior High School’s National Honors Society (NHS) will walk up and down Main Street in Brockway to raise awareness of a tragedy that impacts around 3,500 babies every year.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) occurs when a baby, generally less than a year old, dies during sleep. Frequently, there is no discernible cause for the baby’s death. The Centers for Disease Control have infant sleep guidelines on its website, but with so many deaths still listed as “unknown cause,” the specter of SIDS haunts parents throughout the first year of their child’s life.
For Brockway’s NHS president, senior Austin Bullers, this was one statistic that needed to get more notice.
“I know a family who lost a child to SIDS,” he said. “I wanted to recognize their loss and give something in their child’s name. That’s why we’re doing this walk.”
Bullers sent a letter to NHS members and Brockway faculty to raise money for the cause. They will start their walk this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the junior-senior high school. The walk will go through Brockway, to the Rocky Grill, where it will turn around and end at the pavilion between the junior-senior high school and the elementary school.
Bullers said that walkers should wear pink or blue and ribbons will be provided. Bullers also encourages walkers to make signs related to SIDS awareness. Donations can be made by contacting the junior-senior high school at 265-8414. The office will also have more information about the walk.