Two years ago, Leah and Judson Williford’s 10-month-old daughter, Lucy, died in her sleep of
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). There was no explanation. The Willifords’ world crumbled and Judson didn’t know how they’d experience joy again.
Before losing Lucy, Judson and his friends made an annual bike ride from Nashville to their alma mater, Sewanee. When it came time for the ride in 2017, Judson wasn’t up for it.
“The guys came to me and said we’ve already talked about making this a charity ride. They asked what Leah and I wanted to support. We said Le Bonheur without blinking,” Judson said.
The Willifords knew and loved Le Bonheur for the care their son, Hays, received as an infant. So, the ride became the Lucy 115 and has since raised $74,000 for Le Bonheur.
Fundraising for Le Bonheur has been the most motivating aspect of my life. Two years ago, I didn’t know that was possible. I was really in the dumps.
When the Willifords heard the vision for the Le Bonheur Green outdoor space, they knew it was a perfect project for the Lucy 115.
“When Hays was in the hospital, we were fortunate to be able to go home and rest. There were so many people who don’t have that option. There is really not a place to get a fresh air,” Judson said. “Le Bonheur Green will be a place patients and families can get therapeutic help outside of the hospital.”
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