HOLMDEL, NJ: Once again leading the global effort in SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood) awareness and education, Vienna’s mom Dr. Denise Wunderler and Team Vienna 4 SUDC Awareness Inc., announce their 3rd Annual Vienna’s Day of International SUDC Awareness. In honor of Vienna Carly Savino and all SUDC kids gone too soon, the nonprofit is striving again to have representation on all 7 continents on the same day; Saturday, May 16, 2020. Everyone is encouraged to participate at their location, and there is no cost.
Local community: With social distancing, get your family's picture taken with the Team Vienna banner on May 16, from noon-until 6PM, in the Old Manor neighborhood (on Chestnut Ridge near Brentwood), in Holmdel, and post and tag Facebook #TeamVienna4SUDCAwareness. See video below featuring Vienna and pictures from last year's event.
Vienna’s Dad, “Dr. Mike Superhero” Savino, is an emergency medicine physician, Army war hero, and COVID-19 survivor. He battled the progressive illness caused by COVID-19 at home for 12 days in March, to not utilize the limited resources that could be used for sicker patients. However, on day 12, his breathing became too restrictive to stay home. He was hospitalized for 7 days, returned to work a week later, and is still recovering from COVID symptoms (lack of smell and taste). Not a day goes by that he doesn’t think of his youngest daughter Vienna.
Sweet, healthy Vienna was only 2.8 years old when she fell asleep while watching TV at home in Holmdel, NJ, on 12 Nov 2017, and tragically never woke up. Her death was categorized as SUDC. SUDC is the category of death designated in kids 1-18 years old, when there’s no explanation after a thorough investigation, including an autopsy. Even Vienna’s genetic studies did not reveal a cause, as part of a research study. Shockingly, SUDC is scarcely known in the medical community or the general public, and there is very little SUDC research currently. To date, there has been no public funding for this.
Each year in May, the Saturday between Mother’s Day weekend and Memorial weekend (USA), supporters from around the world are active/volunteer at their location to ignite attention to SUDC, while wearing a Team Vienna shirt or hot pink (Vienna’s favorite color), if possible. Team Vienna requests holding a sign/piece of paper “Team Vienna – your location, date”, and take a picture. Then, post it directly to Facebook and tag Denise Wunderler and Team Vienna – SUDC Awareness and Instagram @teamvienna4sudcawareness, #teamvienna4sudcawareness. Shirts are available online at hightopdesigns.com/team-vienna. Due to the international nature of this event, the informational flyer is available (on Team Vienna’s Facebook page and Instagram) in 25 different languages, all translated by native speakers, for the first time ever.
Dr. Mike is grateful to be able to participate on May 16, 2020, and has been working really hard to be able to walk for his family’s important cause. “I am very happy to be here with my family, but sadly, one special little girl is always missing.”
The hope is that increased awareness and education will inspire more research to be conducted, which will uncover causes and preventative strategies, and spare other families from every parent’s worst nightmare.
In 2018, there were hundreds of people, dozens of sites across the USA, and 5 countries overseas remembering Vienna and all SUDC kids on that day. In 2019, all 7 continents were represented in over 70 locations! There is power in numbers, and that’s why YOU are so important to the awareness mission. Thank you for your support!
Due to the current status of the pandemic, the organized walk to support Mary’s Place by the Sea has been postponed to the fall. However, if you would like to take your picture by the Team Vienna banner on May 16, it will be located in the Old Manor neighborhood in Holmdel.
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About Team Vienna 4 SUDC Awareness Inc.
Team Vienna 4 SUDC Awareness Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit based out of Holmdel/Red Bank, NJ. Team Vienna’s mission is awareness/education and research support for SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood), while honoring Vienna Carly Savino. Vienna’s mom, Dr. Denise Wunderler, a sports medicine physician and USA Volleyball team physician, founded her family’s nonprofit on what should have been Vienna’s 4th Birthday on January 19, 2019.