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"" " " ..... ~ ....... : ":: ::: ::=: Z: : :I: "~".~: .......... i 6 I The Lovell Chronicle I July 12, 2012 Following unexplained death of 4-year-old, family plans July 14 fundraiser in her name BY TESSA SCHWEIGERT Powell Tribune On Thanksgiving Day 2010, 4-year-old Kerrigan Richardson did not wake up. "Our lives were forever changed," wrote her par- ents, Brandon and Angela (Foulger) Richardson. "To this day, the cause of her death is still unknown." Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is the sudden and unexpect- ed death of a child over 12 months. It's a diagnosis of exclusion, given when all known causes of death have been ruled out, Angela ex- plained. SUDC can be nei- ther predicted nor prevent- ed. "Perfectly healthy chil- dren go to sleep and just Kerrigan Richardson don't wake up," she said. To increase awareness and raise money for The Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Program, the Richardsons have been or- ganizing Kerrigan's Run, to be held this Saturday. "In memory of Kerrigan, we have created this event. Our hope is that one day a 'reason' will be found," the Richardsons wrote on the event's website, www.kerri- gansrun.com. Kerrigan's Run takes place Saturday, July 14, at Homesteader Park and in- cludes a 5K run for adults and children over 10 and a 2K family fitness walk for adults and children over 10. In preparation for the event, the Richardsons have been gathering help from sponsorships, volun- teers and donations. 'LITTLE BALL OF FIRE' The event will honor Kerrigan's life -- the full four years she lived as an adventurous, happy and beautiful little girl. "She loved life ... she loved everything about it," Angela said. Angela describes her daughter as vibrant -- "a little ball of fire wrapped in a blonde-haired, blue-eyed picture of childhood inno- cence." Kerrigan enjoyed four- wheeling with her dad, An- gela said, calling her "Dad- dy's wing man." "She was also Mammy's little princess, who loved to help in the kitchen, have girls' movie night, put on makeup and play dress-up. She adored being the cen- ter of attention and always knew how to make the spot- light shine directly on her," she said. Kerrigan enjoyed sing- ing, dancing and playing the piano. She sang along with Disney movies and was a big fan of "Glee" on television. "Books had long held a BRANDON YULE Brandon and Angela Richardson pose with son Jasper and a portrait of daughter Kerrigan. A fundraiser in Kerrigan's name takes place Saturday in Powell. deep fascination with her, and the highlight of Kerri- gan's month would be the book sale at the library," Angela added. "Her ab- solute favorites were the Berenstain Bears series, many of which she would memorize and read along with Daddy before bedtime, though she would happily crawl into your lap with any book as long as you prom- ised to read it to her." The 4-year-old was ex- cited to learn and attended two local preschools. She was eager to begin kinder- garten. Kerrigan also eager- ly anticipated meeting her baby brother. Just two weeks after Kerrigan's death, Angela gave birth to a baby boy, Jasper. "She was so excited to be a big sister," Angela said. This summer's Run for a Reason takes place just a couple weeks before what would have been Kerrigan's sixth birthday -- July 25. The family hopes the run will become an annu- al event in the Big Horn Basin. "We want to let people know it's out there and hap- pening to real families," An- gela said. SUDC Before Kerrigan's death, Brandon and Angela had never heard of SUDC. She said they don't know of any other Sudden Unex- plained Death in Childhood cases in the Rocky Moun- tain Region. It occurs in about 1 death per 100,000 chil- dren. By comparison, Sud- den Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is about 50 times more common. The SUDC Program was founded in 2001 as part of the CJ Foundation for SIDS. The program pro- vides information, support services and advocacy, and it promotes research, An- gela said. Laura Crandall and Chelsea Hilbert, both of whom lost children to SUDC, co-founded the orga- nization. The Run for a Reason was founded in 2003 by Jennifer and Mitchell Best in Minneapolis, Minn., in honor of their son, Max. "By hosting Kerrigan's Run for a Reason, we hope to spread the word about SUDC. It is our hope that no family should suffer the loss that we have experi- enced. It is also our hope that we can preserve Ker- rigan's memory, honor her life and keep her special spirit alive in the hearts of all who knew her," Angela wrote. Proceeds from Ker- rigan's Run for a Reason will benefit The SUDC Pro- gram, a program of the CJ Foundation, by funding re- search, increasing aware- ness and strengthening family support programs across the country. THE RUN SATURDAY The event begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Home- steader Park in Powell. The 5K Run starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 2K Family Fitness Walk at 9 a.m. In addition to getting some good exercise, kids also can take part in carni- val games and win prizes. A silent auction and raffle will run throughout the morning, closing at noon. Raffle tickets can be urchased for $5 for one or 20 for five. Items in the silent auc- tion/raffle include: a two- night hotel stay in Jackson Hole, a trip to Thermopo- lis for a family of four (ho- tel stay,tickets to the Wyoming Dinosaur Cen- ter, freeswimming the Teepee Pools), an over- night stay in West Yellow- stone with tickets to the Grizzly and Wolf Discover Center, a bronze sculpture by Mark Hopkins and gift certificates from local busi- nesses, as well as various homemade crafts donated by local crafters. A Pepsi trailer also will be at the event, serving hot dogs, Polish sausages and pop for lunch from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Participants can reg- ister the day of the event. For more information, go to www.kerrigansrun.com. Commercial Property Now Hiring for Denver, CO Lovell and North Big Horn County, Wyo. Friday, July 20, 1-4 pm Maps available at Lovell Inc., 142 E. 3rd, Lovell email lovellinc@tctwest.net IN'I-EI:iRA'TED POWER SERVICES Now Hiring for Rock Springs, WY IPS is the nation's leadin provider of repair and maintenance services for electric motors and generators. Now Hiring: Winders Machinists Mechanics Scheduler/Planner Email: jobs@ips.us Phone: 864.451.5658 Online: www.ips.us/careers An Equal Opportunity Employer Do you like rodeo? Demolition derby or hog wrestling? Be part of the Bi(j Horn County Fair! Applications are being accepted for a variety of fair time and event specific positions. Flexible temporary PT hours. Volunteers always welcome! Stop in or email bhfair@tctwest.net for applications or call the Fair Hcjr at 568-2968. INTEEiI:~kTI~] POWER 5ERVICES~ IPS is the nation's leadin provider of repair and maintenance services for electric motors and generators. Now Hiring: Winders & Mechanics Emaih jobs@ips.us Phone: 864.451.5658 Online: www.ips.us/careers An Equal Opportunity Employer Make checks payable to: Fil Rock Mo t , oo b l, i and mail to P.O Box 21, Cowley, WY 82420 or bring payment the morning of camp. RMHS Football Field ere will be a one-time $10 fee for the camp which will help pay for a shi and barbecue, Billings Clinic Providing Regional Specialty Healthcare for more than 20years. ..... ~~~" Dermatology Jared J. Lund, MD Dr. Lund is board certified in dermatology with additional fellowship training in Mohs and reconstructive surgery. He provides diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders and diseases of the skin including skin cancer. Cardiology Dr. Scott-Tillery provides diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease in adults. Kristin Scott-Tillery, MD Seeing patients at: North Big Horn Hospital Clinic 1115 Lane 12 Lovell, Wyoming To schedule an appointment call: 1-800-332-7156 See your primary care physician or practitioner to determine if a specialty referral is appropriate for you.