Hope is A CHOICE
It’s been almost 13 years since we lost our daughter, Daly Alexandra Lindgren to SIDS. She was 3 months old. In those first few days after Daly passed away, we recall not much beyond despair, anger, and deep sadness. Daly was a beautiful baby, chubby-cheeked and thriving in every way. She was the light of our lives and the best part of us in every way. Having her ripped from us also meant having all hope ripped from us- for she was our future. So, how do you move on after the death of a child? We never thought we would have to ask ourselves this question. Those who have lived through the loss of a child, know. The answer is hope. But after such a tragedy, where do you find hope?
As days turned to weeks, we had no sense of hope and felt as though we could not possibly survive the grief. But as unexpectedly as SIDS occurred, so did hope. Somehow, we found faith in each other, our family and friends. We came to the realization that those who love us would not only ensure our survival but also our revival. Hope came from the knowledge that in life, we have choices, despite not having any choice with SIDS. We CHOSE to have hope. We CHOSE to make an impact towards eradicating SIDS. No parent should outlive their child.
Since then, we have hosted the Daly Memorial Golf Tournament every year to raise funds for research. We are proud to say that we have raised close to $100,000.00. Twelve years ago, the theories were numerous and unfocused. 2010 was a breakthrough year for SIDS research with the prevailing theory coming from the efforts of Dr. Hannah Kinney (Childrens Hospital Boston) with help from our own Dr. Henry Krous (Rady Childrens Hospital San Diego). The findings from the study indicate we are closing in on a defect in the brainstem related to serotonin as a likely cause for SIDS. You can read more about the study at http://www.firstcandle.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Feb._3_-_Brainstem_Serotonergic_Deficiency_in_SIDS-JAMA.pdf. Both of these researchers have benefited from the proceeds of the Daly Memorial Golf Tournament.
This year’s Annual Daly Memorial Golf Tournament will take place at Coronado Municipal Golf Course . Even if you can’t or don’t know how to golf, we would love for you to join us for this hope-filled, fun event. All proceeds benefit the San Diego Guild For Infant Survival (www.sandiegosids.org). Please contact Chip Lindgren at firstname.lastname@example.org for details or donations. Hope is a choice.
-Chip and Valerie Lindgren
(SIDS Parents and SIDS Peer Counselors)
Daly Memorial Golf Tournament 2012
10515 Quail Springs Court
San Diego, California 92131
April 30, 2012
San Diego Guild For Infant Survival
9807 Highdale Road
Santee, CA 92071
RE: Daly Memorial Golf Tournament Proceeds
I am pleased to present the San Diego Guild For Infant Survival a check for the proceeds from the 2012 Daly Memorial Golf Tournament in memory of Daly Alexandra Lindgren. Once again, the tournament was a great success, due mostly to the kindness and generosity of friends, family and corporate sponsors.
The total amount raised was $12,730.00. We respectfully request that the SDGIS forward 100% of this amount to First Candle, in support of the following research project:
Investigator: Henry F. Krous, MD
Institution: Children’s Hospital, San Diego, California
In addition, we have enclosed several checks, totaling $1,150.00 received from a separate event, honoring my parents’ 51st wedding anniversary (Jose & Alejandra Quintanilla). These donations were received in lieu of gifts. We respectfully request that these proceeds be applied to any other needs that are identified by the SDGIS as appropriate. We would appreciate it if receipts can be sent for these generous donations.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to call me at 858-693-0982. We have already chosen the date for next year’s tournament. The tentative date for next year’s tournament is Friday, March 12, 2013 at a venue to be determined.