The Hasbrouck Heights based Ryan Wolfe Kossar foundation held its 8th annual Million Dollar Golf Classic at The Tuxedo Club in NY yesterday. The foundation raised funds for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) research. The event featured contests including Men’s & Ladies’ Longest Drive, Closest to the Line, Closest to the Pins and On the Green. Hole-in-one prizes included new automobiles and $10,000 in cash.
The Ryan Wolfe Kossar Foundation was created in September of 2004 in memory of Ryan Kossar, a six-week-old infant who died instantly and unexpectedly. The Foundation's mission is to prevent unexpected infant and childhood fatalities, such as Ryan's, by funding research, medical training, family support and lobbying efforts.
What is SIDS and SUID?
Each year about 4,600 U.S. infants die suddenly of no immediately obvious cause. Nearly half of these Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) were attributed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the third leading cause of infant death in the United States and the first leading cause of death among infants aged 1-12 months. Through medical research, further understanding of the causes of SIDS, the diagnoses and the methods of prevention will become more evident.