Newborn Issac Stables’ life was short lived but his legacy lives on.
Hebersham parents Natalie and Steven had their world turned upside down eight months ago with the loss of their six day old son.
They now aim to raise $50,000 for SIDS and Kids, starting with a touch football fund-raiser at Woodcroft Oval this Saturday.
Born four weeks early, Issac was discharged from hospital the next day.
He was rushed to hospital a day later with breathing difficulties, where his condition went downhill.
Blood transfusions couldn’t stop his organs from failing or his brain from swelling.
Issac died four days later from what was later diagnosed as a viral infection.
‘‘It was a one in two million case,’’ Mrs Stables said.
‘‘It was the worst time of my life. But we had our eldest son, Ethan (now aged 3) to consider too. That kept us positive so he didn’t see his parents sad all the time. I want to keep Issac’s memory alive and for something to good to come out it.’’
The Stables set up Isaac’s Super Stars on the Everyday Hero website, they have raised almost $6800 so far.
’’Until I come across them, I thought SIDS and Kids was for babies who died for SIDS,’’ Mrs Stables said.
‘‘It supports families affected by the sudden death of any child up to the age of six. SIDS and Kids have been a great help to us. I would have been lost without them.’’
Saturday’s gala day is the first fund-raiser for the Stables.
There will be a jumping castle to keep the kids entertained.
Sydney Fresh and BE Campbell have donated fruit and meat for the day.
‘‘The aim is raise awareness and talk to people about what we’re doing in a happy environment,’’ Mrs Stables said.
‘‘Everything for the day has been donated, so 100 per cent of profits will go to SIDS and Kids. We hope the fund-raising will help prevent it from happening to other families.’ ’’
They also plan to hold a golf day and benefit night.
Registrations for Saturday’s gala day are $50 per person.
To register: firstname.lastname@example.org.