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Empathetic Support to Newly Bereaved SIDS Families
and Those Who Care About Them

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Our mission is to support families (and helping professionals) grieving babies lost to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome through the books we publish, the SIDS & INFANT DEATH SURVIVAL GUIDE and the children's picture book DANCING ON THE MOON. We also offer free peer counseling and referral services. E-mail Joani Horchler, who lost her son Christian to SIDS in 1991 and authored the SIDS & Infant Death Survival Guide.

We also help fund the research of Dr. Hannah Kinney through our annual Run/Walk, Swim-A-Thon, and our Kelcie Marie Green SIDS Research Fund. Joani is facilitating a new Largo (Maryland) Support Group sponsored by the University of Maryland Center for Infant and Child Loss. Click here to see a flyer about this group that serves the MD Suburbs, Prince George's County, Southern MD, Wash DC, and Northern VA.

We are a Cribs for Kids Partner and have given out to low-income families more than 600 cribs and 600 cribs sheets with a safe-sleep message on them. We fund Cribs for Kids through the generous support of patrons of our Run/Walk and Swim-A-Thon--both sponsored by the CJ Foundation for SIDS--and through the area Combined Federal Campaign, and grants from Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Fdn, etc. Special thanks also to Computer Packages Inc and to Coldwell Banker for their generous support. Most of our cribs and sheets go to the Prince George's Infants at Risk Program.

Our spokesperson is actress Gabrielle Christian (one of Joani's five daughters!). Because of the tragic loss of her only brother to SIDS--and her desire to help others avoid such grief--Gabrielle is helping raise funds for bereavement support and medical research.


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  • DonateNow for the June 30, 2015 Swim-A-Thon Sponsorship (Cheverly Swim Club). Pleae download an informational flyer, and registration form.

  • Our 12th Annual Run/Walk for SIDS (sponsored by the CJ Foundation for SIDS) is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. You can get more information, register and make a donation here.

  • Kinney(click on image for larger version)

    Christian Bret Rixham Horchler is shown with world renowned SIDS researcher Dr. Hannah Kinney of Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard University. He visited Dr. Kinney's research lab with his grandma, Joani Horchler, and his mom, Ilona Horchler. Christian was named after his uncle Christian Gabriel Horchler, who died at age 2 months of SIDS in 1991 and in whose memory the SIDS & Infant Death Survival Guide book was written. Christian's container holds the $250 he recently raised for Dr. Kinney's work by generously giving up gifts (and asking for donations to SIDS research instead) at his 9th birthday party. The photo on the container is of his uncle.

  • To support the "SON Appreciation Conference" on-line store that is fundraising for SIDS-ES, please see:


Download, use, and distribute these posters about the Spanish translation of the SIDS & Infant Death Survival Guide!

In English (pdf) (950Kb)           In Spanish (pdf) (3.4 Mb)

(click the pictures for a bigger view)

This month's SIDS Educational Services web site sponsorship:

In loving memory of
Kaitlyn Marie McClung
12/3/08 - 5/6/09

Sponsored by Kaitlyn's Family.


To learn how to help sponsor this web site please email: 
This website and the SIDS and Infant Death Survival Guide book were established in loving memory of
Christian Gabriel Horchler  3/8/91--5/9/91
Son of Gabriel and Joani Horchler
Designation # 36442
To donate a crib and crib sheet to a needy family, click here


Gifts That Give is an innovative program that allows consumers to shop for the products and services they need most, while at the same time supporting the programs and services of First Candle/SIDS Alliance. For every purchase through this program, SIDS Educational Services will donate 10% percentage of sales from their products.


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Contact Information

Telephone 301-322-2620
FAX 301-322-9822
Postal address SIDS-ES, P.O. Box 2426, Hyattsville, MD 20784-0426
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