Delco Family Supports Cribs for Kids Program to Promote SIDS Awareness in Memory of Their Son
Joanne Craig, left, Dave Cruz and Adrianne
Cruz pose with one of the cribs distributed
through the Cribs for Kids program.
A Delaware County family who lost their son to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is working to educate others about SIDS by supporting Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Cribs for Kids program.
Little David Angelo Cruz, son of Dave and Adrianne Cruz of Collingdale, passed away of SIDS in September 2008 when he was just two months old. “We had heard of SIDS before, but we really didn’t pay attention to it. We never thought it would happen to us,” Adrianne Cruz said.
Though devastated by their loss, the Cruzes and their extended family members decided to turn their focus to promoting SIDS awareness in the community. The Chichester Business Association helped them raise more than $10,000 to support SIDS of PA and the national Cribs for Kids Program at its June 27 four-mile run. In October, they organized a hayride fund-raiser that raised $1,100 for Cribs for Kids. And in 2010, events are being planned for April, June and October that will benefit Cribs for Kids as well.
Cribs for Kids is a national program established in 1998 in Pittsburgh, Pa., that provides underserved families with education, awareness and cribs to curtail infant deaths and injury resulting from an infant’s sleeping environment. Crozer-Keystone partners with the national Cribs for Kids program to serve those in need in Delaware County. The health system’s Women and Children’s Health Services department, based at Community Hospital in Chester, oversees the program.
“We were excited to learn about the Cribs for Kids program and what they are doing for families in Delaware County. We are glad that the proceeds of our efforts will stay local and make a difference in this community,” said Cruz, who added that she wanted to support a Crozer-Keystone program because of the compassionate care she and her family received at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
The family’s donation has been used to purchase new cribs to be distributed to Delaware County families.
“We are extremely grateful to the Cruz family and the rest of their extended family who have so generously supported Cribs for Kids,” says Joanne Craig, director of Women and Children’s Health Services. “We look forward to working with them into the future to raise awareness of SIDS and actions families can take to reduce the risk of SIDS.”
The Cruz family has created a Facebook page and website (http://www.davidangelocruz.memory-of.com/about.aspx) to keep Angelo’s memory alive.
Connecting with Cribs for Kids
Cribs for Kids asks those in need of a crib to contact their school, church, social or human service agency to complete a referral form. The referring agency will submit the completed referral to the Delaware County Cribs for Kids program. Once a family is approved, they need to come to the Women's and Children’s Health Services office to participate in a health education program prior to receiving the crib.
A follow-up phone call is made to the family several weeks after picking up the crib to answer any questions or address any concerns that may have come up.
For more information about Cribs for Kids, call (610) 497-7344.