2 families join together to help others in their time of need

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On Sept. 1, 2011, Ray Gregory Labat joined the proud parents, Adam and Erin Labat. Their first born, he had a smile that would light up a room. Just as he was starting to develop a personality, Ray passed away from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). He was 4 months, 10 days old.

On Nov. 4, 2009, another beautiful first-born son, Noah Joseph Rogers, came into this world. He was the love of Scott and Jenna's lives. At 11 months, he died from SIDS while taking a nap at daycare.

With the help of the Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center and Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, the Labat and Rogers families have created the Ray Labat/Noah Rogers Memorial Funeral Fund. This fund was created to help families who have been affected by SIDS to cover some of the funeral expenses.During their time of grief, the last thing these families wanted to think about was money. Between funeral costs, head stones, flowers, and more, the bills added up quickly. It wasn’t something they planned for. No one does.

These families know firsthand how difficult it can be losing a child. Not only are they honoring their children, but they’re helping other families in their time of need by allowing them to focus on what’s truly important, not on how much it’s all going to cost.

Both families have started their own fundraising events benefiting the memorial fund:

Hit the greens during Noah’s Memorial Classic on July 29 at the Medina Golf and Country Club.

Lace up your shoes for Ray’s Run on Sept. 14 around Rice Lake in Maple Grove.

In 2012, the Ray Labat/Noah Rogers Memorial Funeral Fund helped 11 families from across Minnesota – in memory of Ray and Noah.