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with our income. This enabled us to grow our organization from 2 full-time employees to our present 5 full time and 4 part time employees. Because we are all women we call ourselves Five Ladies and a Forklift. By the way the forklift was donated to us by our friend Chuck Ham- mil from Pitt Ohio Express. The main les- son I have learned is to believe in yourself and your mission and never, ever give up!


What do you wish you knew 20 years ago? Twenty years ago the National Insti- tutes of Health directed all parents to put babies on their backs to sleep. This practice reduced the number of babies dying of Sudden Infant Death


Syndrome by over 50 percent by 1996. It wasn’t until 1998 that we discovered that 90% of babies who continued to die of what was being called SIDS were found in unsafe sleeping environ- ments. Taking the Back to Sleep Cam- paign to the next level, Cribs for Kids, has helped to continue the reduction in these senseless deaths. I wish it hadn’t taken us so long to discover that not only how a baby sleeps but where it sleeps could mean the dif- ference between whether that baby celebrates its first birthday or not.


What is something people would be surprised to know about you? Before I started Cribs for Kids I was an avid golfer. I was on the golf team of Youghiogheny Country Club, a club we belonged to since the early 70’s. If someone would have asked me at that time what I wanted to do with my life I would have said ‘be on the women’s golf tour’. Since Cribs for Kids be- came a national organization in 2005 I haven’t picked up a golf club. It’s funny how priorities change!


What inspires you? What makes you laugh? Seeing the numbers of infants dying in unsafe sleeping environments de- crease is the greatest inspiration I have. My 6 year old grandson, Jack, makes me laugh. He is the joy of my life.


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