Carolyn Cope via Crowdrise
March 10, 2012
BENEFITING: MATTY EAPPEN FOUNDATION
I'm running the Boston Marathon this year with The Matty Eappen Foundation charity team. The Matty Eappen Foundation was founded by the Eappen family after their son, Matty, lost his life at only 8 months old due to Shaken Baby Syndrome in 1997. This Foundation is dedicated to the education and prevention of shaken baby syndrome and to the memory of their son.
When a baby is shaken, the brain make impacts with the skull. The result is bruising, swelling and bleeding of the brain, which can cause permanent damage and even death.
The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome estimates that hospitals in the United States handle 1,300 cases of abuse-related head trauma in children every year, most of them diagnosed as shaken baby syndrome and many caused by parents or caregivers frustrated over incessant crying or fussiness. One quarter of shaken baby syndrome cases result in death.
Please help me and this amazing foundation by making a donation that will go towards such an important cause. Any amount would make a huge difference and I would be so appreciative of your support! Thank you so, so much!