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July 1999 Table of contents Building a foundation to save lives by John D. Hubbard
The Lazzaro family, from left, Sam, Tom, a portrait of James, Jamie and baby Anna. (Photo credit: Kristen McClarty, Bloomington (IN) Herald-Times Tom and Jamie Lazzaro are busy. There's work, the kids Sam and Anna and the James William Lazzaro Foundation for Genetic Metabolism Disorders to run. It began with the call that every parent dreads. In August of 1997, Jim, their healthy eight-month old, awoke from his morning nap but then stopped breathing. Efforts to revive Jim at the Bloomington Hospital in Indiana failed. "It was an out-of-body experience," says Lazzaro '86 of the days following his son's death. Sam, then two and a half, needed attention, a blessing during those tormenting days. "We were both thankful to have Sam running around," says Lazzaro, who acknowledges life goes on but in a very different way. The initial medical reports offered little solace, though. An autopsy seemed to point to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The nebulous finding only deepened the Lazzaros' sense of emptiness. A couple of anomalies had been discovered, however fatty deposits the pathologists couldn't explain and an enlargement of the heart.