The Depies family will host the second annual Clara Depies Memorial Spring Fling Fundraiser on May 14 to raise money for the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Foundation in memory of their daughter, Clara.
Clara Depies of Fox Point died in her sleep in December 2014 at the age of 2.
After an autopsy and review of her medical record came up inconclusive, Clara’s death was ruled unexplained — a case of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood or SUDC.
"You tend to worry about things like SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) when they are younger than one. Once they move past that, there’s a bit of relief,” Anna Depies, Clara’s mom, told Metroparent about a year ago. “Clara was always healthy, so this was a shock.”
Anna and her family have found support from the SUDC Foundation, a New Jersey-based group dedicated to raising awareness, increasing research and providing information and support to families affected by a sudden, unexplained death of a child.
The foundation defines SUDC as a death that occurs when a healthy child beyond the age of 12 months dies without warning and without a known cause. Sudden unexplained death in childhood is rare — reported in 1.3 deaths per 100,000 children, compared with 57 deaths per 100,000 for SIDS, according to the foundation. But the foundation is striving to raise awareness through grass roots efforts, including local fundraisers organized by families.
The Spring Fling Fundraiser is open to the public at Nicolet High School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature more than 60 vendors, an auction, demonstrations by the North Shore Fire and Police departments, storytime and craft with the North Shore Library and more.
Last year's event raised more than $10,000.
“We are left with no answers as to why our precious daughter died. We created the Clara Depies Memorial to raise awareness of SUDC and to develop a future in which SUDC does not exist,” said Anna and Brad Depies. “We appreciate the support of our community as we raise funds for The SUDC Foundation.”
For information contact Marisa Klopp at (414) 217-1971, ClaraDepiesFoundation@gmail.com or sudc.org/clara.