SUDC Awareness Month

March is SUDC Awareness month and as the month comes to a close we wish to pause, to relay information, and to reflect on the impact SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood) has had on our community.  Hudson Drews passed away in 2016 from SUDC. In the aftermath of this great loss, Amanda, his mom, founded Buzzy’s Bees as a way to provide support for families who have unexpectedly lost a young child. 

While most people have heard of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), few have heard of SUDC. The SUDC Foundation provides this information:   

SUDC is a category of death in children between the ages of 1 and 18 that remains unexplained after a thorough investigation, including an autopsy. Most often, a seemingly healthy child goes to sleep and never wakes up. At this time, we do not know what causes SUDC, how to predict it or how to prevent it. A medical examiner or coroner could rule a child’s death SUDC when s/he completes a thorough evaluation and finds no other cause of death. 

We are truly grateful for the work of the SUDC Foundation in their effort to fund research, to serve families, provide advocacy, promote awareness and assist medical professionals as they help families through this unimaginable experience. You may learn more information about their efforts at SUDC Foundation: Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood.  A moving video found on their website helps explain this little known phenomenon. 

The mission of Buzzy’s Bees is strongly aligned with the work of the SUDC Foundation, and our focus is to support families of young children who have unexpectedly died. In the past 8 years the families of these little ones have been served by our programs:

Aiden 
Carter
Colin
Damien
Eliana
Hannah
Hudson
Jackson
Jackson R
Keegan
Kei’Mauri

Landon
Lily
Luca
Maeve
Makaylen
Molly
Moss
Wesley
Wesley F

We encourage you to pass along information about SUDC. We share a hope, with the SUDC Foundation, for a discovery of the risk factors and underlying causes of SUDC that will lead to its prevention. In the meantime, we will continue to offer our support to grieving families.