Megan's teddy bear legacy lives on

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By Argen Duncan

Rio Rancho Observer


Editor’s note: This article has been reprinted with permission from the Rio Rancho Observer.


A Rio Rancho couple, who grew up in Los Alamos, is trying to help hospitalized children in memory of their daughter, who died for no obvious reason.

Megan Dugan was almost 21 months old when she died in her sleep in February. Her mother, Jennifer Dugan, a 1992 graduate of Los Alamos High School, said medical examiners have run tests but found nothing to explain the death, making it likely to be classified as Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child (SUDC). Her father is Tim Dugan, also a 1992 graduate of LAHS.

“A big part for me now is making sure people don’t forget her,” Jennifer said.

She’s also trying to do something good, to find a meaning in Megan’s death, by helping patients at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital get teddy bears.

“It’s got to be really hard on families in the children’s hospital — their kids are sick,” she said.

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