SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the 26th consecutive year, hundreds participated in the Springfield SIDS race for life, honoring the memory of sudden infant death syndrome victim Barry Metayer junior. 22News found out why this fundraising event has run its course.
Barry Metayer senior began raising awareness and the money to combat sudden infant death syndrome soon after the death of his infant son.
Matayer told 22News he has achieved so much of what he envisioned. “It’s been a great run, we’ve had great committee, and we’ve raised a lot of money. The SIDS rate is going down.”
Barry Metayer’s close friend, Congressman Richard Neal a race participant during the entire 26 year run, feels much has been accomplished. “We’ve had extraordinary success dealing with the awful issue of SIDS. Also I think many of the people who’ve helped us over the years, parents of those who’ve lost a child, so it’s a great day of community endeavor.”
From the age of 9, Barry junior’s kid sister Katie has participated in the annual race for life. “It’s been really great getting to keep my brother’s memory alive and support my family and I’m really grateful every year.”
The end of a Springfield tradition, and as Barry Metayer put it, we’ve had a good run.