What is Shaken Baby Syndrome?

Each year in the United States alone, medical treatment is sought for an estimated 1,400-1,600 babies who have been shaken. Don’t let your child become just another statistic! Tell everyone who cares for your child “Never shake a baby!”

Friday, January 21, 2011

SBS T-shirts and Merchandise Now on Sale!


Just wanted to post a quick blog note to all of our readers to let you know that the 5th Annual Shaken Baby Syndrome Candlelight Vigil t-shirts and merchandise is now on sale on our website! This year we added long sleeve shirt options, as well as a few new items as well! Be sure to stop by our merchandise page at www.shakenbabysupport.com and help fund family's travel expenses to attend this years vigil in Sarasota Florida April 15, 2011 at 7pm. No contribution is too small be it donation or by purchasing merchandise. We need YOU to make this our biggest and best vigil yet! More information is available on our website as well concerning this event!

Sponsorships are available as well by contacting Rachel, at rachel@sbssupportnetwork.com. There are MANY levels as well as services needed. Please take a moment to read the letter below concerning this years event!


Light the Sky

5th Annual
Shaken Baby Syndrome Candlelight Vigil
Sarasota, Florida

You are cordially invited to the 5th Annual Shaken Baby Syndrome Candlelight Vigil in Sarasota Florida, April 15, 2011 7:00p.m. Suncoast Family Life Center, 8000 Hawkins Rd, Sarasota Florida 34241. This year we are gathering the top advocates in Child Abuse and Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention to speak to the families affected and the general public to bring attention to the severity and increasing cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome in our nation today.

On April 15, 2011, SBS Survivors and Victims families will fly in from across the globe to attend this event.

The mission of the Annual Candlelight Vigil is to bring together families with shared circumstances and raise awareness about Shaken Baby Syndrome. Information regarding medical treatment and therapy assistance, as well as information on how to handle grief will be available to all who attend. This event also works to establish a support system for families of SBS victims and survivors. By linking families together who have shared this traumatic experience, we can help each other to learn, to grow, and to prevent this from happening to other innocent children.

The Shaken Baby Syndrome Support Network Inc. are asking you to empower victim and survivor families and sponsor a family waiting to attend or donate items needed to ensure this vigil is a great success. Together we can help families dealing with extreme life changing events to comfort their hearts so they can maintain a life unforeseeable after the tragedy of Shaken Baby Syndrome has come forth in their lives.

For the families ongoing healing and support process, Child Abuse and Shaken Baby Syndrome Advocates from across the United States will be present for this event to speak to the families and provide insight into the steps for a healthy transition as these families walk through the grief, and anger associated with this tragedy.

We invite each and every one of you to meet these families April 15, 2011 in Sarasota Florida at the 5th Annual SBS Candlelight Vigil. The Network welcomes speakers to include, Major Connie Shingledecker - FBI National Academy 185th Investigative Bureau Chief Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Christina K. Farnsworth – Victim Advocate Coordinator Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Darryl Gibbs – educator, lecturer, and legislative advocate Founder Cynthia Gibbs Foundation and Victim’s Advocate- Homicide Specialist for the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office in New York State, Scott Juceam – Father to Hannah Rose Juceam, and Founder of the Hannah Rose Juceam Foundation, Janet Goree – Grandmother to Kimberlin West and early childhood educator/SBS Advocate, Patrick Donohue - Father to Sarah Jane Donohue and Founder of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, and many more to be announced in the coming months! We hope to see you there!

Registration and Sponsorship forms are attached for your use and please visit our website for additional information. http://www.shakenbabysupport.com

We thank you for your support, and please call with any questions or additional information at 877.571.4675 or email rachel@sbssupportnetwork.com


Rachel A. Sumner
Shaken Baby Syndrome Support Network Inc.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Now Taking Child Names for Vigil T-shirts! (AWESOME OPPORTUNITY!)

(consent form enclosed at the bottom. Please read ALL information prior to submitting request)

We are currently taking names for our 2011 5th Annual Shaken Baby Syndrome Candlelight Vigil. These t-shirts display the names of victims and survivors. This consent form must be submitted by emailing angela@sbssupportnetwork.com. Due to privacy reasons, this has to be submitted by the parent, grandparent, or guardian of our hero. We will continue to take names until January 30th, 2011 but only have a limited about of spots on the t-shirt. You will not receive a confirmation email unfortunately, however you can check the t-shirts as always on our website, blog, FB group page, or through our member page on our website.

Each year we gather names for our t-shirts and this is a first come first serve basis. The names are placed on the t-shirt in *no* particular order, as we usually in the final proof, list in the order of alternating gender of the child. At some point we may be unable to do so, but know these t-shirts are just as important to you, and we will verify with you by sending the final graphic in a email for you to ensure your child's name in spelled correctly.

These t-shirts are sold to fund the Annual Candlelight Vigil, and to provide scholarships to families on our waiting list to attend. Our wait list currently has 57 families, and you can sign up by submitting an email to permission@sbssupportnetwork.com with your name, address, telephone number, relationship to child, child's name, your phone number, and closest international/national airport.

The t-shirts go on sale February 15th, and are made to order. When you place your order you are guaranteed your shirt by the date of the vigil. The last day to order is March 30th. The price of the t-shirts will be the same as previous years, and we will have children's sizes available after our first order of adult t-shirts.

Adult Small-XL $20.00
Adult XXL- $22.00
Adult XXXL - $24.00

These prices *include* shipping.

Please pass along this information to all hands, and we hope we can Light the Sky in April 2011 for all the victims and survivors of Shaken Baby Syndrome, and Child Abuse!

Thank you,


Consent Form

I, (Your Name) give permission to the Shaken Baby Syndrome Support Network to use (Childs Name) name on the t-shirts in support of the 5th Annual Shaken Baby Syndrome Candlelight Vigil to be held in Sarasota Florida Friday April 15th, 2011 at 7pm.

Thank you,
(Your Name)
(Your Address)
(Your Email)
(Your Phone Number)
(Relationship to Child)