The mission of the Aaron Matthew SIDS Research Guild at Seattle Children’s Hospital is to ensure that no parent ever experiences the loss of a child again or worry theirs will be next.

SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant younger than one year old. It's the leading cause of death among infants one month to one year old in the United States. There has been little to no improvement in the rate of death since the mid-90’s. SIDS strikes without warning and leaves few clues about its cause. The causes are unknown.

The Aaron Matthew SIDS Research Guild was established to fund much-needed research in this field at Seattle Children's Hospital Integrative Brain Research Institute. Researchers from Seattle Children's Hospital, New York University, Langone Medical Center, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Virginia, University of Auckland, and University of Bristol England are working on this terrible mystery. In partnership with these medical professionals, Microsoft data scientists have volunteered thousands of hours, and Microsoft Philanthropies has donated Azure cloud resources, to support this work.

The guild was named in honor of Aaron Matthew Kahan, son of Heather Kahan and John B. Kahan, GM of Customer Data and Analytics at Microsoft. Aaron died of SIDS days after his birth in 2003. The guild includes leaders from Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Integrative Brain Research Institute, Microsoft, Accenture, Marriott Hotels, and Adobe. John and Heather Kahan are matching all gifts over $250 made to this cause, up to $100,000. This is also being matched with another $100,000 by the Jack R. MacDonald Research Fund at Seattle Children's Hospital and Microsoft matches $15,000 per employee.

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Aaron Matthew Kahan

A special message from John Kahan on behalf of the
Aaron Matthew SIDS Research GUILD of Seattle Children's Hospital

Announcing the First Steps for SIDS Contest

Enter to win or vote for your favorite video at 🤸‍

The American SIDS Institute has partnered with Aaron Matthew SIDS Research Guild to host an online video campaign, First Steps for SIDS. The campaign will raise public awareness and funds to support crucial research into sudden infant death.

Parents and grandparents are encouraged to submit videos of their child’s first steps. Then people will vote on their favorite video with a minimum $5 donation. Detailed instructions are on the website.

Prizes include a trip for 4 to Disneyland (along with hotel and air). Other prizes are detailed on the website.

We are deeply thankful to our sponsors: Marriott, Alaska Airlines, Tata, WE Communications, Microsoft Surface, Microsoft Xbox and kind individual donors.

So please enter the contest today at and tell all your friends and family to enter. Help us make this go viral and become a huge success. Every dollar raised will be spent on research.

We believe that all babies should live to take their first steps.

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UPCOMING EVENTS for more details on each event, go to our Facebook page.

ONGOING – weekly Saturday morning HIKE FOR SIDS. Join a fun group every Saturday morning to hike the beautiful trails of the Pacific Northwest. Hikes range from “family friendly” to moderate. Email to be added to the weekly distribution list.

Friday, October 26, 2018: 2nd Annual “Take a Bite Out of SIDS” hosted by Adobe, located on the Microsoft and Adobe campuses

Friday October 26 – Sunday, October 28: Take your family to dinner at California Pizza Kitchen in Bellevue, WA and 20% of your purchase will benefit Aaron Matthew SIDS Research Guild!

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