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Mike Hoss / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- St. Anna's Episcopal Church on Esplanade Avenue holds a music and arts camp every summer, but this year there wasn't enough money and camp was about to be called off.

That's until an angel named Drew Boswell saved it.

Boswell is the always smiling, music-loving, costume-wearing 15-month-old child of Lakeview parents Georgia and Devron Boswell. But a few months ago in March, their lives tragically and unexplainably changed in an instant.

'We laid Drew down that night, I read him stories,' Georgia Boswell said. 'He smiled up at me.'

But when they went to get him up in the morning, their healthy, happy child had died in his sleep.

'And then our whole world crashed, because he was gone, and he had been gone,' she said.

Drew died of what's known as sudden unexplained death in childhood, or SUDC. It's very rare, impacting only one in every 100,000 births in the United States.

Nobody knows why, only that there's nothing anyone could have done.

'It's hard,' Devron Boswell said. 'You want to be angry with something, a disease, just anything.'

George Boswell said, 'The only way I was going to get out of bed every morning, brush my teeth, go to work, was by letting go of the 'why,' and now just doing what I can to carry on his memory.'

From the day he was born, Drew loved music of all kinds, and so Georgia and Devron turned their grief into forming Drew's Tunes, a foundation to get music and instruments into schools and other places where music programs are being cut, and to help raise awareness to SUDC.

'We're looking forward to making the impact in the community as we're learning we're growing,' Devron Boswell said. 'It's been a huge response and we're excited.'

The Boswells both work, but have never started anything like this, so they created a Drew's Tunes website and a Facebook page that got 1,700 likes in a week.

In August they are having Bowl-a-Thon at Fulton Alley, and they've already filled their 36-team spots.

People who didn't even know Drew want to help with the new mission.

'And I think people are kind of moved about trying to do something good in the face of truly the worst thing that can happen to you.'

At Drew's memorial in March, the family asked that in lieu of flowers, people donate to the St. Anna's Arts for Kids Camp. The $10,000 it generated saved the summer program.

'Drew's legacy lives on, and as I told his parents, you never know what this summer, what the impact this summer will have a child 10 or 15 years down the road,' said Darryl Durham.

And when camp wrapped, with the kids all wearing Drew's Crew t-shirts, the Boswell's were there getting 30 thank you's that will last a lifetime.

'And when those 30 children hugged us, I felt better for that few minutes than I'd felt since he was gone,' said Georgia Boswell. 'And I hope we'll be getting lots of hugs'

Each day out of fathomable sadness grows hope, and the Boswell's who one day want to have another child says Drew's Tunes is here to stay.

Click here from more on Drew's Tunes, and click here to learn more about the Bowl-a-Thon.

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