March 30th of 2019 was an extremely special day celebrated in honor of Vienna Savino who passed away on 11/12/17 due to unexplained causes leading to the diagnosis of SUDC. Since then, her family has taken resources to their advantage in order to successfully increase awareness of SUDC.
Vienna’s mother, Denise Wunderler, contacted me on November 28th, 2018 and I felt extremely thankful to be asked to take up an opportunity to make balloons at a memorial event on March 30th. In Bell Works, over 100 people gathered for a walkathon in memory of Vienna, so I felt honored to contribute to the success of this event.
As usual, there was almost always somebody asking for a balloon to be made. Many kids even grabbed the pumps I had brought and they took the balloons I had brought, then ran away. This was quite funny to watch as they tried to pump the balloons up themselves. One thing that made this event a little harder was that 4 days ago, I had cut my finger quite badly and it had not nearly recovered by the time the event arrived. The cut was on my left index finger which I generally use to pinch the balloon when tying. It felt awkward at first, but I got the hang of pinching with my thumb and middle finger instead.
I am happy every kid who wanted balloons was able to receive as many as they wanted.
“Team Vienna 4 SUDC!”