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Northwest Infant Survival & SIDS Alliance

1961 – 8 bereaved parents formed what would become the SIDS Foundation of Washington, later Northwest Infant Survival & SIDS Alliance (NISSA) as a way to reach out to the families affected by, what was known at the time as “crib death.”
2012 – The SIDS Foundation of Washington becomes NISSA. continuing the mission set forth by our founders to find and support those who have lost infants.
2012 – Liz Montgomery, a bereaved mother, once supported by NISSA, forms Inland Northwest SIDS Foundation to provide support services and prevention education to Idaho and Eastern Washington.
2019 – NISSA and Inland Northwest SIDS Foundation merge to form an updated and stronger NISSA. Serving the entire Northwest region, providing emotional support services to bereaved families and world-class, free prevention education and training to parents, caregivers and medical professionals.

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Mary Dore Heart of Gold Award

MEET MARY DORE
Mary Shuman Dore was one of the initial eight families that banded together in 1961 to find others walking their journey of child loss so no one would have to walk alone.  

Mary lost her fourth child, Christine, to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (“SIDS”) in 1961. As a result of this tragedy, she was instrumental in raising money for SIDSresearch and starting one of the nation’s first foundations dedicated to searching for the causes of what was then called crib death.

“Mary was a disturber of the peace, and she was always right,” said Dr. Abe
Bergman, a noted Seattle pediatrician. “She was more important to SIDS than anyone in the world. Her doggedness helped people realize they did not kill their children. That’s what triggered the whole research movement, not by doctors but by laypeople like Mary. With her compassionate heart, she was the single most important person in the field.” He said through Mary’s work and state money, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center set up the largest SIDS research project in the world.

Every year NISSA awards the “Mary Dore Heart of Gold Award” to an individual or business that has shown an exceptional commitment to NISSA and its mission, that every child should celebrate their first birthday, and beyond, free from unintentional death and injury.

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2021 Mary Dore Heart of Gold Award Winner

Adam & Miranda Hoefert, Next Gen Electric

About Adam & Miranda

Adam and Miranda have own Next Gen Electric a local solar and electrical contracting company.  Adam is a master electrician that has over 20 years of experience in the field.  Together they started Next Gen Electric 8 years ago.  They have one child Micha and enjoy camping and recreating in the outdoors.

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Adam and Miranda’s involvement with NISSA goes back over 5 years  Whether it’s supporting NISSA financially buy sponsoring our annual gala, Night Under The Stars, for the last 5 years or volunteering for our various events the Hoefert’s can always be counted on when there’s work to do.  Miranda is a past board member and currently serves on our executive committee.  

Adam & Miranda’s selection 

Adam and Miranda’s selection as this years heart of gold award winners was easy.  They’ve been with us every step of the way for the last  years.  Giving up Sundays to volunteer at our fundraising events, driving down to Avery, Idaho to help procure donations for our thirft store or traveling to St. Maries to represent NISSA in a BBQ competition.  The Hoefert’s have done it all and we are honored to select them as this year’s Heart of Gold award winners.

Mary Dore Heart of Gold Award Winners

2020

2019

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Aileen Carrell

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2015

Allison & Aaron Key & Christine Pezzner

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2014

Roger Pardo

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2013

Helen Cook

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2012

Lee Family

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2011

King County Medical Examiner

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2010

Wendell Tobiason

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2009

The Dore Family

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Our Directors

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President
Tia Clifford
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Treasurer
Tammy Androes, MSML
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Secretary
Maigan Snider
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Past President
Katie Brown, M.Ed.
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Board Member
Aileen Carrell
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Board Member
Bart Buckendorf
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Board Member
Tracy Williams

Our Staff

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Executive Director
Liz Montgomery, Bs.Ed
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Director, Safe Start
Brian Rauscher
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Program Coordinator
Sadie Booth

How do you 
preserve a legacy?

With a rich history that stretches back almost 60 years, NISSA’s legacy is vast and deep.  We are proud of how we started, how we have grown and what the future has in store. Legacy Hall will be a place where we can document our incredible journey that NISSA has traveled. Over the course of the next year, we will be creating “Legacy Hall,” a place where our history can be preserved online and available for everyone.  If you have a document, story, picture or memory that you think belongs in Legacy Hall, we would love to hear from you. Please click below to contact us

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1130 N 4th Street, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
info@nwsids.org
1.206.548.9290
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