Here is a brief summary of
accomplishments made possible by your donations to The Matty Eappen Foundation in 2004:
- In both Illinois and Massachusetts, we have continued our distribution of thousands of "Crying Cards" which outline strategies caregivers and parents can use to calm a fussy baby. These cards are available for distribution in both English and Spanish. (Please contact an MEF Board Member if you know of any organization that would be interested in distributing these cards.)
- We initiated a public awareness campaign to "stop shaking" using yellow taxi cab toppers in and around Boston.
- We've maintained an extensive website with information and links to resources. Please visit the site at www.mattyeappen.org
- We've continued a public service campaign in Boston aimed at Shaken Baby Syndrome education and prevention via bus and train advertising.
- We were a major sponsor of the North American Shaken Baby Conference held in Toronto, Canada. Debbie Eappen was the keynote speaker and we sponsored a number of family members of shaken baby victims to attend and speak to health and legal professionals.
- We are a major sponsor of the "Child Abuse Quarterly Medical Update", a publication created by Robert Reece, M.D. and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. This publication summarizes the most recent medical research regarding child abuse and is then distributed to medical and law enforcement professionals nationwide.
- Working with the Children's Trust Fund and Boston child abuse experts to establish in-hospital prevention training for parents.
- Distribution of beanie babies to children and siblings at Children's hospital and NEMC
With your ongoing support, the Matty Eappen Foundation will continue its good work.
Your contributions are tax deductible!
(all lines except green) Shaken Baby Syndrome public
Sponsor of the Fourth National Conference on SBS in
Salt Lake City, UT.
speakers at emergency medicine and multidisciplinary
child abuse conferences in the Northeast.
at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Midyear Forum
to enhance education on SBS.
the Parental Stress Line in Massachusetts which is
available to parents and caregivers 24 hours a day.
with the Central Massachusetts Shaken Baby Syndrome
Prevention Campaign, a consortium of medical,
social service and law enforcement personnel.
thousands of "Crying Cards" which educate
parents and caregivers never to shake a baby and
outline strategies they can use to calm a fussy
with Dr. Mark Dias, a pediatric neurosurgeon who
is pioneering programs designed to prevent Shaken
scholarships for family members of child abuse
victims to attend and speak at various conference.
- Maintained an extensive website with information and links