"Each new life...

No matter how fragile or brief...

Forever changes the world."

Violet Catherine Rood and her twin sister Alise Ruby Rood were born on August 1, 2013, at 25 1/2 weeks, to Alan and Rachel Rood.  Violet was with her family for a day and a half and Alise for 3 days.  The girls have very special names.  Violet Catherine was named after her great grandmothers on her daddy's side.  Alise's name is after her maternal grandma and her mommy's Godmother.  Ruby is after her maternal great grandparents. 

Alise was born 1 minute before her sister, however she was much smaller.  She weighed 1 pound 2 ounces.  Alise had a little bit of a wave to her hair and was much more petite like her Mommy.  She may have been tiny, but she was mighty!  In her 3 short days with her family, she showed everyone how feisty she was.  She was such a fighter. 

Violet may have been 1 minute younger than her sister, but she was definitely bigger!  She weighed 1 pound 8 ounces.  She looked a lot like her Daddy.  She definitely had his nose and his feet.  Violet was a lot more mellow than her sister, but seemed stronger.  Her paternal grandma noticed that the inside of her ear was in the shape of a heart.  This seemed appropriate since her and her sister stole so many people's hearts in their short time here. 

Although Violet and Alise were here for just a short time, they are loved and missed by so many.  "Gone but NEVER to be forgotten...FOREVER in our hearts!"

"How very quietly you tiptoed into our world, only a moment you stayed.  But what an imprint your footprints have left upon our hearts."  (Author unknown)

 Michael "Mikey" David Keene

February 5, 2013 - January 5, 2014

 Thomas Stephen Fic

September 28, 2012 - December 1,2012

                                       Michael "Mikey" David Keene was born to Sarah Walsh and Adam Keene on February 5, 2013.  He was

                                       taken to heaven on January 5, 2014.   Mikey has 2 big sisters, Alexa and Jordan Keene and a big brother,

                                       Adam Keene, Jr. 

                                      Mikey's Mom, Sarah, shared this with us... "Mikey and his favorite big sissy, Alexa, loved to eat popsicles

                                      togetherand they both loved chasing each other and laughing.  Before Mikey went to bed each night he,

                                      his sissy Alexa and their mommy, Sarah, would cuddle up together and Alexa would read her school book 

                                      for Mikey.  Mikey, his brother and big sisters all loved eating cheeseburgers from McDonald's together, 

                                      playing peek a boo and tickling each other. 

                                     Mikey has a large family including grandparents, Mike (he was a Papa's boy!), Kathy an Willie; great grandparents, Dave, Mary, Myrna & George.  He also has many cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, and special people in his life including his aunt and uncle (also his God parents) Dave and Courtney, and his special friend Jade. 

As soon as Mikey was born he made a huge impact on the world.  Just as any mans' man, he put his mommy into labor on Super Bowl Sunday!  Although he was sick often, he was always such a big boy and was never cranky.  Even after he had surgery he was a big boy.  He still smiled, laughed and acted like nothing had happened.  Anyone that met him complimented his mommy and daddy on what a good boy he was and how big of a personality he had!  He was always smiling and he always won over the hearts of everyone with his huge smile and the love he gave.  Mikey was taken a way from his family way too early, but with the 11 months he was here he made a huge long lasting impact on the world.  He loved his daddy but he was a momma's boy and he is very special to all of us! 

To Mikey from mommy - I'll love you forever, I'll love you for always.  As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be."

                                       Thomas Stephen Fic was born to Brian Sr. and Suzanne on September 28, 2012.  He passed away on

                                       December 1, 2012.

                                       Tommy had 3 brothers; Brian Jr., Michael and Steven and 3 sisters; Christiana, Taylor and Angelica. 

                                       Tommy's Mom, Suzanne shared this with us, "MOMMY LOVES TOMMY!"

 Violet Catherine Rood

August 1, 2013 - August 2, 2013

 Alise Ruby Rood

August 1, 2013 - August 4, 2013

                                       James Francis Davis, Jr. (Jimmy) was born September 14, 1992 to Jim and Betty Davis.  Jimmy passed away

                                       from SIDS on November 29, 1992.

                                       Jimmy has 2 older sisters, Jacki and Jenni and a younger brother, Joey. 

                                       Jimmy's family shared this with us, "Jimmy was our little sunshine.  He brought light into our lives every single

                                       day for the short time that he was with us and we will forever miss him."

 James Francis Davis, Jr. (Jimmy)

September 14, 1992 - November 29,1992

                                        Ruby Alessandra Stech was born March 24, 2014 to Jay and Tiffani Stech.  Ruby was born at 40 weeks and 2

                                        days.  She was born not breathing and without a heartbeat.  Although they resuscitated her, she passed

                                        away a little over 5 hours later. 

                                        Ruby has two older brothers, Vincent and Everett.

                                        Ruby touched so many people's hearts in her short life and continues to do so today. 

                                        "She is more precious than rubies, nothing you desire can compare with her."  ~Proverbs 3:15

 Ruby Alessandra Stech

     March 24, 2014

                                        Karla Marie Flint was born on November 17, 1974 to Rebecca Roth and Alan Flint.  Karla passed away from

                                        SIDS on December 22, 1974. 

                                        Karla has two older sisters, Kathie and Karen.

                                        Karla's Mom, Becky shared this quote with us, "Too Small, Too Sweet, Too Soon."

 Karla Marie Flint

November 17, 1974 - December 22, 1974

                                           Justin Carl Huckstep was born sleeping on October 16, 1990 to David Huckstep (Jennifer Huckstep) and

                                           Renee Hutchinson (Eric Hutchinson). 

                                           Justin has 3 siblings, Nicholas Huckstep, Megan Huckstep and James Hutchinson. 

                                           Justin's Mom Renee shared with us that there are two songs that remind her of her precious angel Justin.

                                          Those are:  "Tears in Heaven"  and "Who You'd Be Today."

                                        Brett Adam Hoy was born on July 20, 1991 to Jon Hoy and Dana Hoy Blanchette.  He passed away from SIDS

                                        on September 18, 1991. 

                                        Brett has one big brother, Nathan, who was 3 years old at the time of their loss.  Younger sister, Allison was

                                        born 22 months after Brett passed away. 

                                        Brett's Mom, Dana shares this with us, "Brett was a happy baby.  He smiled often when talked to.  Although

                                        we only had him with us for 8 1/2 short weeks, he changed our lives forever.  He will never be forgotten." 

 Justin Carl Huckstep

   October 16, 1990

                                       Sara Elizabeth Jones was born sleeping on April 21, 2013 to Bryan and Gina Jones. 

                                       Sara has an older brother named Owen.  While Gina was pregnant with Sara, Owen was laying his head on

                                       his Mommy's belly when Sara kicked him in the head.  Owen said, "Mommy that hurt!"  Sara's mom, Gina

                                       says, "The memories we have of her are very wonderful.  She was loved by many people.  She will always be

                                       in our hearts."

 Brett Adam Hoy

July 20, 1991 - September 18, 1991

 Sara Elizabeth Jones

       April 21, 2013

This page is dedicated to the precious angels who are forever in our hearts.

Note:  Memorials on this page are for ANY type of infant loss...NOT just babies who passed away from SIDS. 

                                       Cannon Cruze Pankau passed through this world on September 1st, 2013.  He was born at 5:30pm and

                                       passed 1 hour and 54 minutes later, weighing just 1 lb and measuring 10.2" long.  This perfect little angel

                                       was born in Corvallis, Oregon to McKinley Davis and Joshua Pankau.  He is survived by his big sister Paige

                                       (14 years old).  He is also survived by his great grandmother, grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins, and

                                       many other family members from Oregon, Washington, California and Hawaii.  He passed away at 20

                                       weeks 2 days gestation due to a placental abruption.  Cannon has touched many lives in the community of

                                       Corvallis and Albany, OR and although his soul was only here but a short time he left a BIG impact.  We love 

                                       you son!!!!  See you at the gate!!!  Love always, Mommy & Daddy   (written by Cannon's Mom, McKinley)

 Cannon Cruze Pankau

September 1, 2013 - September 1, 2013

 Titus Franklin Bellephant

February 3, 2003 - February 3, 2003

                                          Titus Franklin Bellephant was born February 3, 2003 to Angie Ricci Bellephant.  Titus has a brother,

                                         Cyrus and 3 sisters, Genesus, Joyous and Justus.  Titus lived for 15 hours and passed away on February

                                         3, 2003.

                                          Angie learned while she was pregnant that her son was going to be born with Potter's Syndrome (aka:

                                          Bilateral Renal Agenesis).  Titus also had Branchio-oto-renal (BOR), a dominant genetic condition that

                                          can result in kidney anomalies.  Although medical workers, some friends & family thought that she

                                          should abort Titus, Angie close to carry her son. Titus lived for 15 hours and even his pediatrician was amazed by his strength and determination to live.  Angie decided, while she was pregnant with Titus, that she would write a book for others who might be facing this same situation.  That is how the book, "Giant Hero" written by Tracy Ahrens as told by Angie Bellephant, came to be.  "Giant Hero" is about losing a baby to Potter's Syndrome.  This book is a great resource for anyone whose baby has been given the diagnosis of Potter's Syndrome.  It also is used as a tool to teach what Potter's Syndrome and 

Branchio-oto-renal are and how to obtain further information.  This book takes parents through the diagnosis, birth and years that follow the loss of a Potter's baby.  "Giant Hero" is a beautiful tribute to Titus as well as a fact-based explanation of what Potter's Syndrome is and where to find support. 

A beloved local pediatrician in Bourbonnais has a quote in Giant Hero that is very powerful.  "'Blessed' are the souls whose purpose in life is completed in a few hours.  'Chosen' are the parents to bear these blessed souls."  ~ Dr. Naina Batish

Angie, Titus's Mom, shared this with us,  "Titus showed me the meaning of love and brought me love in so many ways, ways that others will never know.  He will forever be my special gift sent from above.  His strength taught me so much that it can't even be put into words.  You will forever be my courage when I want to give up.  I love you always and forever.  You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me when skies are gray, you'll never know how much I love you, please don't take my sunshine away.  Love your Mommy."

                                          Maxx William Albury was born February 24, 2008 to Justin Albury and Niki Albury.  He has 2 older siblings,

                                          Joel and Cate.  Maxx passed away from SIDS on July 12, 2008. 

                                          Niki, Max's Mom shared this with us, "Maxx was a very smiley baby that greeted me every morning with

                                          the biggest grin.  I used to say how blessed I was to wake up to that beautiful smile every morning.  Maxx

                                          had such a huge belly laugh for a little baby, he would laugh so deeply from his belly.  Maxx loved playing

                                          pull the hair game with his older siblings, Joel and Cate.  He was 100% a Mama's boy.  Maxx never went

                                          anywhere without his binky and security blanket that had a giraffe's head attached.  We called it his

                                         "bubbles blankie," as when I was pregnant with Maxx we nicknamed his bubbles.  Maxx was so loved and

                                         adored by all of us.  He only had to whimper and we ran to his beck and call.  Maxx had us all wrapped around his little finger and he knew it and loved it.  He is missed more than words can ever say...Maxx William Albury forever 4.5 months old. 

 Maxx William Albury

February 24, 2008 - July 12, 2008

Note:  The tributes below are not listed in any specific order. 

They are added to the bottom of the page as they are received. 

                                         Jael Dolores Alison Herchak was born into heaven on May 6, 2013 to Marc and Jasmin Herchak. 

                                         Jael has 4 older siblings, Markus, Milan, Jaxon and Jorja. 

                                         Jael's Mom, Jasmin asked us to include this quote in her precious baby girl's memorial tribute...                                                An angel in the book of life wrote down our child's birth, then whispered as she closed the book,      

                                                 "Too beautiful for Earth!" 

 Jael Dolores Alison Herchak

        May 6, 2013

                                        Novah Ryan Zirkelbach was born on August 23, 2012 to Jason and Karissa Zirkelbach.  Novah has two big

                                        sisters, Rylee and Harley.   They adored their baby brother so much! 

                                         Novah passed away on June 3, 2013 Novah's Mom Karisa states that day was a normal day.  Novah was

                                         happy, healthy and smiling like always.  She said he was getting tired and they were getting ready to leave

                                         his Grandma's house, so she put him in his car seat and he fell asleep.  His oldest sister was sitting next to

                                         him when he woke up suddenly gasping for air.  Novah's Grandma administered CPR and he was taken to

                                         the hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead after over an hour of the doctors working on him.  Karisa says that God allowed Novah to join him heaven that day. 

Novah's Mom, Karisa shared this with us, "Novah Zirkelbach was the happiest baby boy anyone ever knew.  He lit up the room with his bright smile and touched so many lives.  Please Shine Like Novah and pass his story along." 

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven."  ~ Matthew 5:16   "Shine on baby boy!" 

 Novah Ryan Zirkelbach

August 23, 2012 - June 3, 2013

                                         Elizabeth Rae Siefken was born August 28, 2011 to Jim and Jen Siefken.  Elizabeth and her twin sister Emma

                                         were born prematurely.  Emma is Elizabeth's only sibling and she is doing really well.  Elizabeth passed away

                                         on September 22, 2011. 

                                          Elizabeth's Mom, Jen shared this with us, "As with a lot of families, our time with Elizabeth was so short.  I

                                          do love the memories of her while she and Emma were growing inside of me.  Elizabeth was a "mover and a

                                          shaker."  Whenever I tried to get the girls to move around a little by lightly tapping on my belly, Elizabeth always responded.  Seeing Elizabeth and Emma during ultrasound exams was by far the purest experience of joy that I had ever felt.  By the end of Elizabeth's brief life, I knew without a doubt that she was one of the two strongest people that I'd ever been blessed to know.  She fought harder than anyone I had ever seen.  I love Elizabeth so much and am so proud of her.  What a lucky mommy I am to have gotten to have Elizabeth in my life."

 Elizabeth Rae Siefken

August 28, 2011 - September 22, 2011

                                        Jeremy Steven Bensema was born on September 27, 1991 to Melissa Walden Donahue and Richard Bensema.    

                                        He passed away from SIDS on November 16, 1991.  

                                        Jeremy is the big brother to two siblings, Ashley and Aidan.  

                                        Jeremy's Mom shares this with us, "Jeremy was a very alert baby, bright-eyed and inquisitive from the

                                        beginning.  Named Jeremy because his daddy was a Chicago Blackhawks fan, he loved watching hockey with us

                                        while sitting in his swing staring at the colors as they jumped on the television.  The family dog at Melissa's

                                        parents' house was finicky as to who was permitted near Jeremy, almost as if she was a "mommy" too.  He loved to be held and was the only of the children who was very attached to his pacifier.  (It had to be the blue one because of others were offered, but he wouldn't take them.)  His first smiles started around 4-5 weeks and his first plane trip was about a week before he passed away, coming home from his first visit to meet family in Ohio.  Jeremy was the only child who met his great-grandmother (Melissa's grandmother), as she passed about eight months after he did.  Choosing one memory is difficult, as there are so many, but one favorite memory that stands out is great-grandma being ordered not to use stairs and not carry anything heavier than 10 pounds.  That being said, during our visit, nothing was going to stop her from carrying that little man up the stairs, all 13 pounds of him.  I choose that memory over the horror of the day we lost him.  Hands down.  

A beautiful baby, he is sorely missed every fall, and his two younger siblings share in celebrating his life."                          

 Jeremy Steven Bensema

September 27, 1991 - November 16, 1991

                                         Isabella Joan Gilpin was born on June 8, 2009 to Jill Gilpin and Brian Marzullo.  Isabella passed away from

                                         SIDS on December 11, 2009.

                                         Isabella has an older sister, Danielle and an older brother, Lucas. 

                                         Isabella's Mom says her favorite memory of Isabella was when she'd come home from work every morning

                                         and Isabella would just light up when she would see her Mom.  That was Mommy / Baby time and it will

                                         always be her Mom's greatest memory.

Isabella Joan Gilpin

June 8, 2009 - December 11, 2009

                                         Jace Jeffrey Sowa was born on February 27, 2013 to Jeffrey and Amy Sowa.  He has an older brother named

                                        Deagan who is 3 years old. 

                                         Jace was always such a happy baby.  He loved to sit with his mom while watching his brother and daddy play. 

                                         Jace passed away July 18, 2013.  He is greatly missed by his family. 

Jace Jeffrey Sowa

February 27, 2013 - July 18, 2013

                                         Sergio Alexander Bunda Shevlyakov was born August 21, 2009 to Olga Shevlyakova and Sergio Bunda.

                                         Sergio passed away on October 7, 2009. 

                                         Sergio is now an older brother to Gabriel Alexander, who was given the same middle name in baby  

                                         Sergio's memory. 

                                         Sergio was a beautiful little boy with a dimple on his right cheek and was already so full of personality.

Daniel Joseph Shea

September 11, 1955 - November12, 1955

                                          Daniel Joseph Shea was born September 11, 1955 to Elmer and Kay Shea.  Daniel passed away from SIDS on

                                           November 12, 1955.

                                          Danny has a twin sister named Kathy.  He also has two older siblings, John and Peggy.  His sister Peggy and

                                          his father Elmer have since joined him in Heaven.  

                                          Danny's twin sister Kathy would like to say to him, "Danny, as your twin sister I feel your presence every day,

                                          you are a part of me.  I wait for the day when we are reunited."

Sergio Alexander Bunda Shevlyakov

August 21, 2009 - October 7, 2009

                                                     Dylan Richard Denton was born February 23, 2010 to Daryl Denton and Maegen Bush.  He passed away

                                                     from SIDS on March 28, 2010

                                                     Dylan loved being held by his grandparents and receiving baths from his Mom and Dad. 

                                                     Dylan's family has done a fundraiser in Dylan's memory to help raise money for SIDS Education and

                                                     have done a Balloon Release the last 3 years in his memory as well.  In Dylan's short stay he touched

                                                     many people's lives. 

Dylan Richard Denton

February 23, 2010 - March 28, 2010

                                          Ethan Michael Ratliff was born April 8, 2009 to Sam and Kelly Ratliff.  Ethan has a big brother Alex and big

                                          sister Ashleigh.  Ethan passed away from SIDS on October 1, 2009. 

                                          Since Ethan has become an Angel...the Ratliff family has added a little sister, Abi, to their family.  They have a

                                          new baby on the way as well. 

                                          Ethan loved watching trees blowing outside and jumping in his jumper. 

Ethan Michael Ratliff 

April 8, 2009 - October 1, 2009

Cody Thomas Arbour 

May 12, 2008 - September 26, 2008

                                         On May 12, 2008 JT and Barb Arbour brought into this world their second born son, Cody Thomas 

                                         Arbour.  His big brother Cayden was so excited.  Cody passed away from SIDS on September 26, 2008.

                                         JT, Barb and Cayden have been blessed with another son/brother, Tyson William.

                                         Cody loved being talked to and the color red.  When he smiled at you his dimples got so deep you could 

                                         get lost in them. 

                                         Because of our Cody, you are looking at this website educating yourself about SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and Safe Sleep for Babies.  Please read and learn all you can and follow ALL of the Safe Sleep Steps.  We do not want

another family to have to go through what we have.

A huge thank you to Dawn Knapper, Cayden & Cody's babysitter and Cody's Grammee Arbour for starting Because of Cody...  Cody will always be remembered because of your love. 

Our Angels
Contact Because of Cody...

815-293-SIDS (7437)                       Email:  info@becauseofcody.org                          PO Box 24, Bourbonnais, IL 60914

    Because of Cody... would be honored to include your angel on this memorial page. 

      If you would like to have your precious angel remembered here, please send a photo (optional) and a bio

      including the following information:  

           *  Angel's Name

           *  Birth Date and Passing Date

           *  Parents' Names

           *  Additional Family Members you'd like mentioned (ie: siblings, etc.)

           *  A story, special memory, loving thought, poem that is special to you, or anything you'd like us to

               include in your angel's tribute.

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      Because of Cody... would be happy to write it for you.

      Please send your angel's photo, bio and/or information for their tribute to Because of Cody...

           *  By E-mail to:  contactus@becauseofcody.org

           *  By Mail to:  Because of Cody...

                                    PO Box 24

                                    Bourbonnais, IL 60914

           *  By Phone to:  Dawn - 815-936-6152

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