The Mason Werner Foundation has been formed in memory of our son, Mason, who passed away from SIDS on May 28, 2010 at the age of 3 months and 23 days. Mason was almost 6 pounds at birth and we brought both he and his brother, Will, home on day 4 excited at the prospect of raising twin boys in addition to their older brother Caden, who was 17 months old at the time. Although chaotic most of the time, we loved seeing the boys together always seeming to reach out for one another. Mason was a very lively baby always wanted to be held, yet rewarded us often with big smiles beginning at about 2 months of age. Life was a little crazy but we loved every minute of it and we were very excited for the future.
All of that changed on May 28th. We received a call at work from our neighbor asking if we knew why emergency vehicles were in front of our house. Our nanny had found Mason in his crib unresponsive and appropriately called 911, who assisted with CPR instructions over the phone. The emergency crew continued to administer CPR all the way to the hospital where we met them and were able to hold Masons' hands until they ultimately pronounced his death. Our world shattered in that short amount of time and we will never again get to see his beautiful, smiling face.
We wanted to do something to keep our sweet little boy's memory alive and to hopefully keep other families from living this nightmare.
Our amazing team of regulars and one-time volunteers are committed to helping others. We appreciate their time to assist in getting onesies ready for distribution.
The singular mission of The Mason Werner Foundation is to promote and raise SIDS awareness. The main method we will use to get the word out is to provide an informational onesie to new parents.
The “Keep The Stars in Their Eyes” onesie is a simple reminder to the parent to place the newborn baby face up when putting them to sleep. The goal of the onesie is to trigger the parent to think about SIDS risk reduction measures and to have the conversation with their pediatrician.