Nathan Thomas Pikul was a happy, healthy, always-on-the-go little boy. He was a typical 18-month-old. He loved to run around and kick a soccer ball. He had the bluest eyes and the sweetest smile that allowed him to get away with a lot.
Nate went to sleep on Sept. 24, 2007 and didn't wake up the next morning. Because he was over one year old, Nate's death falls into the category of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC), which occurs when an apparently healthy child beyond the age of 12 months dies without warning and without a known cause. The SUDC Program is a program of the CJ Foundation for SIDS. There is so little known about SUDC, so building awareness and conducting research is very important, family members said.