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On October 11th, I will be representing Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) at the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon! As a member of Team RMHC, I will be training, fundraising and ultimately running 26.2 miles to help keep families together.
On March 9, 2007 our beautiful Keira Lyn was welcomed in to this world at 7:48 pm at 6lb 14oz and 19in long. Our happiness and joy was quickly replaced by fear and uncertainty. Shortly after 6am on March 11, 2007 Keira stopped breathing and turned blue. She was rushed by nurses to the nursery, where she was hooked up to monitors and would remain for the most of the day. Unable to be fed, she had to have an IV placed in her tiny little arm to keep her hydrated. After many hours and a multitude of tests doctors thought Keira suffered from a "vagal spell" and that the worst was over.
Our hopes were high and we were allowed to bring Keira back to our room to have her have another terrifying spell moments after. Proceeding to have a series of subsequent spells it was determined that Thompson Hospital wasn't equipped to provide her with the care she needed. It was decided that our seemingly perfect little baby would need to be transferred to the NICU at Strong as something more serious was wrong.
Upon arriving to Strong we were soon greeted by a care team from Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) that warmly welcomed us and offered us a place to rest and be close by while Keira remained hospitalized. I will never forget the compassion and support offered to us and how grateful we were for the option.
Being surrounded by infants in Keira's pod much smaller and more visibly fragile, it was hard to fathom what was wrong with our sweet baby. Jesse and I made the decision each day to drive back and forth to our home to allow the parents of those tiny miracles to stay at the limited space available at the RMHC House in Rochester.
After 3 spinal taps with no clear results, Keira was treated with a regimen of antibiotics to address the unknown. Her veins were tiny and weak and failed often. After 7 IV sites in a matter of days and no repeat "spells" the doctors determined that we would never know the true reason Keira stopped breathing. At 11 days old we were able to bring our beautiful baby hope. To this day we still do not have answers and just continue to pray for her health.
Jaymi, Betsy and I take on the Chicago Marathon to proudly raise money for a charity that has touched both of our lives so deeply. The volunteers of from the Ronald McDonald House gave Jesse and I an option to be close during one of the scariest times in our lives. There soft words and willingness to provide comfort when all there was was uncertainty. Every day this charity changes lives and helps people in their time of need.
I share this story with you to help you realize the impact of what could seem like a seemingly small interaction. No matter how small, your donation makes a difference in the lives of others. Please join us in honoring Keira and make a donation TODAY!