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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Why We Walk Wednesday: Rylan’s Rollers

This year, we welcome a new family team to the Maryland-National Capital Area. A Mom’s LIFE (Living in Faith Everyday) mommy group will join us in support of March for Babies in Prince William County on April 27. They will make the 4 mile walk in memory of Mason and in honor of Rylan -- twin boys born on September 24, 2013, almost three months premature.
Mason and Rylan’s mother, Michelle, suffered an infection that quickly took over her entire body. When one twin was exposed to the infection, both boys had to be delivered via emergency C-section. Weighing less than 3 pounds each and just over 15 inches long, Mason and Rylan were placed on ventilators and given blood pressure medications, antibiotics and multiple blood transfusions. Their mother could not hold or touch them as the tiny babies lay helpless in their incubators. Mason fought bleeding and other complications of the infection. 

After 10 days Michelle and Rylan said goodbye to their little fighter, and he is now their angel baby. Rylan was a trooper and came home after 54 days in the NICU. Rylan is now almost seven months old and thriving!

Michelle and Rylan feel forever in debt to the NICU nurses and neonatologists who were simply amazing. To give back, Michelle, her son Rylan and others will walk together as “Rylan’s Rollers” at March for Babies. They also planned the following fundraiser and hope to see you next Tuesday in Manassas.

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