Meet Our Volunteers:
They make SIDS of Illinois, Inc. run...
With compassion and professionalism, the staff of SIDS of Illinois, Inc.is made up of individuals who each bring something special to the organization because they have been touched by SIDS. Some of them have lost a child themselves, others became acquainted with SIDS through a friend or relative who suffered a loss. Their work is driven by the unwavering belief that SIDS deaths must be eliminated through education and research while bereavement support must be available to families and caregivers who suffer the sudden and unexpected loss of an infant. As a team, they bring executive managerial skills, nursing and education backgrounds, financial and fundraising stewardship and professional bereavement training to the organization and mission.
Sr. Doris Ann Samens, OSM
Volunteer since 2012
Sr. Doris Ann Samens, OSM, is the great-aunt of Brendan Maruyama and has volunteered with SIDS of IL, Inc for over 10 years. She writes 30 to 40 notes each month to people who have lost children to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or other infant death.
After Sister Doris Ann retired in 2002, she asked her niece if there was something she could help with at the SIDS of Illinois office. Nancy knew that her aunt, who had served as Minister of Care at St. Therese Parish in Palatine for 13 years before retiring, would know suitable words of sympathy and consolation to share with grieving parents.
Once a month, Sister picks up her list of families who have been referred to SIDS of Illinois office by hospitals, social services, churches, etc. She also gets blank cards, envelopes and stamps, and heads home for her monthly task. While the message in each card is Sister’s, she is actually serving as a ghost writer, signing each card “SIDS of Illinois.”
Sleep Sack Saturday Crew - Volunteers since 2009
After partnering with a local hospital, a request was made to package organic sleepsacks with brochures from SIDS of Illinois, Inc., SIDS mom and board member, Robin Cullotta, put together a cadre of dedicated volunteers who gather at the SIDS office 5 - 6 times per year, to assemble the sleepsacks. They also volunteer for the Brookfield Zoo Family Day. Thank you!!!