Foundation spreads SIDS awareness, offers scholarship

WILMINGTON -- Every year Sudden Infant Death Syndrome claims the lives of more than 2,000 children. One local family is trying to spread awareness. The Cajigas family lost one of their identical twin girls, Megan, when she died of SIDS in 2006. Since then the entire family has turned their loss into something positive by starting the Megan Cajigas Foundation. The foundation awards scholarships to local pre-school children whose families otherwise couldn't afford to give them a solid education early on. Edward Kaczynski is Megan's grandfather founded the foundation. He said, "I got the idea through my own grief of how to memorialize Megan because of her short life, of furthering education possibilities for disadvantaged children." The family is hosting a fundraiser this Friday to raise money for the foundation. It will be held Friday, April 18 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at the Shriners Club (4510 S. College Rd.). Tickets are $35. Call 910-264-3021 for tickets. For more information visit www.megancajigasfoundation.org.

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