Why I'm Running
I’m running the 24 in 24 in honor of all the A Special Wish Kids and their families that inspire me! I am humbled to have the opportunity to be part of the fundraising efforts that bring so many smiles to the faces of children battling life threatening illnesses! I have seen these smiles on the faces of CHD WARRIOR MARYN and her family! Maryn has fought, amazed, excelled, inspired and impacted thousands since she was born, and continues to do so every day! I am running for all those smiles!
About Team Emma

Meet our miracle girl, Emma! Emma was diagnosed with a rare and severe CHD, pulmonary atresia, intact ventricular septum (PA-IVS), hypoplastic right heart around 20 weeks gestation. Given low survival rates and facing one complication after another, she has kept her amazing medical team on their toes from day one & continues to do so today. After going into cardiac arrest on day 3 of life, Emma was placed on ECMO (full life-support) & then an LVAD for 3 months, with her only chance for survival being a heart transplant. She was sedated, intubated, and having the workload of her heart done by a device outside of her body with the help of several IV medications as we hoped & prayed for a life-saving heart. On February 13th, 2017, she received her miracle heart and has survived and fought through a rollercoaster of complications, including kidney failure, requiring dialysis, chronic lung disease with tracheostomy and ventilator dependence, wound infections, hernia, acute liver failure, and septic shock. She spent her first 323 days in-patient at the Cleveland Clinic, coming home with a tracheostomy, ventilator, oxygen, and a g-tube.

Today, Emma is 4.5 and thriving!! Her trach was removed, and airway reconstructed at the end of 2019 and for the first time, at 3 years old we heard her voice! She is now a little chatter box with an incredible imagination and so much to say. She has the most incredible joy for life and loves music, dancing, Disney princesses and being outdoors! She has been doing in-home learning, along with multiple weekly virtual therapies to help her catch up & is making incredible gains. We are hoping for her to be able to safely attend pre-K in person in the fall! She is our miracle & such an incredible fighter.

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George Bennett
5 days ago
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Simonesprite
5 days ago

Thanks for running for the rest of us Ressie, you’re doing great things!

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Maxx
5 days ago

Cheers to the people who make a difference ❤️‍🩹

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Tammy Jewell
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John Amderson
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Addy woiderski
5 days ago

You have got this Ressie!!

$20.00
Alan & Jean Dolley
5 days ago

Thank you Ressie!

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Jay & Mary Kay Woiderski
6 days ago
$25.00
Damon & Paige
6 days ago

For all the 'littles' that need help. 💕

$120.00
Mount Hope Retreat
1 month ago

You are always an inspiration! Keep being awesome.

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Mike & Kim D
1 month ago
$120.00
Cara Enos
1 month ago

Go get it, Ressie! God bless little Emma ❤.

$50.00
Maryn’s Mob
1 month ago

In honor of 2019 wish kiddo Maryn.

Celeste
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$25.00
Jerry and Cill Taylor
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Ann & Roger Benter
1 month ago
$50.00
Stacey Woiderski
1 month ago

In honor of Maryn, she is definitely amazing!

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Janet Pratt
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Ressie Stranaly
1 month ago
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