Chichester Business Association and SIDS of Pennsylvania 5K Run/2-Mile Walk Set for Aug. 31 - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

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Published on August 26, 2013

Chichester Business Association and SIDS of Pennsylvania 5K Run/2-Mile Walk Set for Aug. 31

The annual Chichester Business Association and SIDS of Pennsylvania 5K run and 2-mile walk, set for Aug. 31 at 8500 Furey Rd. in Upper Chichester, will again benefit the Cribs for Kids program to combat Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  

The race has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the years for the Cribs for Kids program, a national program that provides underserved families with education, awareness and cribs to curtail infant deaths and injury resulting from an infant’s sleeping environment. Crozer-Keystone Health System partners with the national Cribs for Kids program to serve those in need in DelawareCounty. The health system’s Women and Children’s Health Services department, based at CommunityHospital in Chester, oversees the program.

Registration for the walk/run begins at 3:45 p.m., and the race begins at 5 p.m. All participants will receive T-shirts, and trophies will be awarded to the top male and female finishers. Entry fee is $20, and $25 on the day of the race. A carnival and outdoor movie will be held following the race. For more information, visit www.runtheday.com. You can also contact Jon Ferro at 610-485-1356.

The inspiration for this fund-raising effort is a DelawareCounty family who lost their son to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). 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.

Though devastated by their loss, the Cruzes and their extended family members decided to turn their focus to promoting SIDS awareness in the community. Through the Chichester run and other efforts, they have been able to achieve this goal and to provide outstanding support to Cribs for Kids. Through the family’s efforts, dozens Delaware County families have had access to new cribs for their babies.

“We are extremely grateful to the Cruz family and the rest of their extended family who have so generously supported Cribs for Kids,” 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.

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