The Vail Project is a non-profit whose goal is to raise the awareness of SUDC. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy, outreach activities, educational programs and research funding our team works tirelessly each day to contribute to a future where no family loses a child suddenly for unexplained reasons.


Hope for a future without the sudden unexplained death of a child


A family dedicated to finding answers

Here at The Vail Project, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a place where no parent has to suffer the loss of child from SUDC. Our goal is to promote research in the field of  SUDC and to provide educational services to local and national communities.



The Vail Project was born from the unbearable loss that the Nelson family experienced on September 17, 2019.  It was a typical evening at home with their daughters, Aspen -3 years old and Vail- 16 months. Dinner, bath and bedtime all proceeded as usual.  We put the girls to bed at 7pm.  Less than an hour later, when checking on baby Vail via the camera in her room, we noticed that she didn't look right.  Checking on her became our worst nightmare, as she wasn't breathing. All attempts at reviving her were made, but were unsuccessful.  The next morning, the call from the coroner yielded exactly zero information.  Vail was perfectly healthy and he had no idea why she fell asleep and didn't wake up.  The devastating pain and loss has been a daily challenge every day since.  We spent days and days online trying to find out why and how this could have happened.  It is appalling how little information and research is available.  So together, as a family we have set out on the path to change that.

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“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.”
–Vicki Harrison



Lakewood CO, 80227


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