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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Why We Walk Wednesday! Amelia

Amelia was born two months too soon and weighed just 2 pounds, 3 ounces. During her two month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), she received multiple blood transfusions and faced persistent breathing issues. Because the NICU was closed to siblings, her sisters Maddie and Tess, did not get to meet Amelia face to face until 63 days later when she came home. It was also her original due date. Amelia began receiving early intervention services when she was 6 months old, and she has always needed intensive learning support in school due to severe processing and archiving issues.

Today, Amelia is 11 years old and enjoys horseback riding, swimming. Her favorite activity is acting.
Amelia was honored recently at a Comcast Sportsnet banquet in Philadelphia featuring the defender for the Philadelphia Union Professional Soccer Team, Ray Gaddis. View the video. Ray joined Christy and her family to celebrate Amelia who was the recipient of a Shining Star Award at the gala.

Her tenacity and spirit (and her amazing family) have helped her to deal with developmental issues related to her premature birth. Congratulations to Amelia and family. You are our Shining Stars! :)

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