Walk to end SIDS takes over Mariner Mall Saturday

By KBJR News 1

April 26, 2014 Updated Apr 26, 2014 at 8:13 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - The Northland SIDS Foundation sponsored a "Walk To End SIDS" Saturday at the Mariner Mall in Superior.

The event seeks to educate the public about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, as well as to earn money to support current research.

The main theory concerning SIDS relates to a deficiency in serotonin, which triggers infants to move or wake up when something covers their face.

However, babies with serotonin deficiencies won't wake up or move, and thus inhale lethal amounts of carbon dioxide.

"It affects thousands and thousands of families every year and it's just devastating," said Dana Zakowitz, Director of the Northland SIDS Foundation, "especially when you think.. it's not just the loss of one person, it's everybody's grief that's affected by that loss."

New autopsy data provide the strongest evidence yet that SIDS has a concrete biological basis.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Children's Hospital Boston, where researchers are currently looking into the cause and prevention of SIDS.

Elsa Robins