By His Mother, Erin
Moving Forward. Never Forgetting.
On September 1st, 2010 our first baby, Ray Gregory Labat, was born. Ray was very observant; he loved anything with lights, and had a smile that lit up his whole face. He loved to watch our dog, Roscoe, and play with his cousin, Sam. Ray made Adam and I “Mommy and Daddy” and he quickly became our whole life. He loved being with his with Daycare Mommy, Stacy, and often cried when I picked him up. When Stacy would talk to him he would smile and coo at her. We were so lucky to have found Stacy to take care of our little man.
On January 11th, 2011 we woke up as normal at the Labat House. We took Ray into the living room to get dressed for the day. Ray was laughing and rolling to try to catch our dog. Adam walked by him and Ray stared at his Daddy and then gave him the biggest smile we had ever seen. As I was feeding him Adam came to say good bye and Ray pulled his bottle out of his mouth to “talk” to his daddy. I remember dropping him off with Stacy and telling her that I was sorry Ray was having a bad hair day. I gave Ray a kiss and left to go to work. Around 9:30 am a sheriff and a chaplain came to my office and told me Ray was found at daycare not breathing. I rushed the emergency room with them. Our Sweet Baby Ray was wrapped in a blanket, lying on a cot. He was gone. Ray passed away from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. He was 4 months and 10 days old.
Shortly after he died our family started planning for the first Ray’s Run, a 5K event in Maple Grove to benefit SIDS Families. With the help of Children’s Hospital, Minnesota SIDS Center, and Scott and Jenna Rogers (who host Noah’s Memorial Golf Classic each year), we have started the Ray Labat/Noah Rogers Memorial Funeral Fund. The funds generated are donated to help others that have lost children to SIDS pay for the costs of their funerals. To date we have helped over 34 families in the state of Minnesota.
Ray made us a family. We will never forget the first baby that made us parents. As we have moved forward we have added two little boys to our family, Jonathan Ray and August Ray, who know their big brother as he is very much a part of our daily lives. Thank you for supporting us, and thank you for helping us keep Ray’s name alive in the hearts of so many.
Adam, Erin, Ray, Jon, and Gus Labat