About the Foundation

On December 27, 2001 my niece died in a house fire, four days before her tenth birthday while spending the night at a friends house. The cause of the fire has gone undetermined, however, the cause of her death was smoke inhalation.

The home in which she was staying did not have operable smoke detectors. None of the three smoke detectors in the home had batteries in them. We were informed by the fire marshal that had the smoke detectors been in working condition, Jamie would be alive today. Smoke detectors are your first line of defense in a fire. Fire injures or kills over 40,000 children per year in the United States.

I have since started a foundation in her memory. It is called the Jamie Lynn Sullivan Memorial Foundation. All proceeds are going toward operable smoke detector awareness. It is my hope and vision, that these first several events, although small and focused on the local community, will be the catalyst to bring this foundations efforts to promote education and awareness of the importance of having operable smoke detectors in the home, to every community nationwide.

After speaking to many people, I have realized that just like the family where my niece was sleeping, many others do not have batteries in their smoke detectors or any fire plan in place in the event fire does strike.

As wonderful as these ideas are, the foundation cannot do it on the name alone and will need your help. On behalf of the Jamie Lynn Sullivan Memorial Foundation I am selling T-shirts to raise money for the sole purpose of helping to prevent another family from having to go through the pain and suffering that my family and many others continue to go through. We are very grateful for any and all donations to help see to it that we save as many lives as we can. Isn't your child's life worth it?

Andrea B. Routh
Founder and President

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