Since Kathy and Shawn Spradley tragically lost their son Holton to SIDS on March 28, 2007, they have worked everyday to be, “Better, not Bitter.” It is with this motto that they have tirelessly worked to raise $160,000 for First Candle in Holton’s memory.
This year the Spradley family is gearing up for their 5th Annual Holton’s Drive for SIDS. The golf tournament will be held at Texas Star Golf Course in Euless, TX. This larger venue was selected because the Spradley family hopes that in it’s fifth year, the tournament will be even bigger then in years past.
The tournament has become an incredibly important piece of the Spradley’s lives. The entire family, Kathy, Shawn, Hudson, and Nash take the time not only to commemorate Holton’s short life, but also to raise funds and awareness in Holton’s memory. This event and the lives it has touched is part of Holton’s legacy. Kathy Spradley shares, “I can proudly say that his short 5 months mean more to this world than my 38 years. It is our hope that we help take this away from people and help ease the pain for those who have experienced it.”
Holton’s Drive for SIDS starts with a golf tournament. The tournament uses the 4-player scramble format where each team of four starts at the same time at different holes. The day’s golfing is followed by a banquet dinner with live and silent auctions. Once the meal is complete, Shawn Spradley takes a few moments to appreciate all who have worked to make the tournament possible, to remember Holton’s life, and to recognize as a group the impact that he’s had across the country.
The golf tournament is just one way that the Spradley family works with First Candle to fight SIDS. In 2009 they spoke to members of congress in Washington, DC about legislation for SIDS funding. They’ve also donated their time to appear in First Candle’s promotional video, “Who We Are.”
As many of First Candle’s families will attest, the loss of your baby changes you forever. The Spradley family’s journey is forever different. Each step along the way they give to others, work to keep Holton’s memory alive, and always look back on their motto of, “Better not Bitter.”
To learn more about the 5th Annual Holton’s Drive for SIDS and to view photos and footage from past tournaments, go to http://www.holtonsdriveforsids.com/
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