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Megan Dugan's Teddy Bear Legacy Family
Parents: Jennifer and Tim Dugan, Rio Rancho, NM


Photo is of Megan Dugan and below is an excerpt from the Rio Rancho 
Observer interview with her mother, Jennifer:

BY ARGEN DUNCAN
Observer staff writer
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Rio Rancho mother is trying to help hospitalized children in memory of her daughter, who died for no obvious reason. Megan Dugan was almost 21 months old when she died in her sleep in February. Her mother, Jennifer Dugan, said medical examiners have run tests but found nothing to explain the death, making it likely to be classified as Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child (SUDC).

“A big part for me now is making sure people don’t forget her,” Jennifer said. She’s also trying to do something good, to find a meaning in Megan’s death, by helping patients at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital get teddy bears. “It’s got to be really hard on families in the children’s hospital — their kids are sick,” she said. Jennifer set up a “teddy bear legacy” for Megan at MamaBearsPlace.com. When people donate money for bears in Megan’s name, Donna Luke of Albuquerque prepares them with tags noting who they’re honoring and takes them to the children’s hospital.

Jennifer is trying to bring in 640 bears, the same number of days she had with her daughter, by May 27, the birthday Megan shared with her twin brother, Matthew. The week of April 14, Jennifer helped deliver 117 bears, honoring Megan, to the hospital.

Read more of the article on the Rio Rancho Observer website:
http://www.rrobserver.com/news/local/article_a5dc0ebc-ac54-11e2-b1d4-001a4bcf887a.html

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