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Meet Our 2020 Miracles!

Blake Collie was an energetic 8-year-old enjoying the last day of summer with his family at the pool when he got a terrible headache. His local emergency department saw a brain aneurysm on a scan, and he was air lifted to VMC. Upon landing, he immediately went into surgery to get drains put in to relieve the pressure in his brain. He spent 25 days in the Pediatric ICU, followed by 25 days in rehab where he re-learned to walk and talk. Now, he’s back to enjoying life with his parents and siblings!

Leonardo Aquilar was born prematurely at 30 weeks with many issues along his gastrointestinal tract. He had surgery at 3 days old to fix a fistula and eventually had a g-tube, ostomy and surgeries to fix the hernia and esophagus. He went home after about 3 months. When he was 8 months old, he was admitted back to the hospital for respiratory distress and ended up spending another 4 months, including having a trach put in. This past June, he was able to wean off his ventilator and is now able to vocalize and eat by mouth!

Molly and Lucy Davis were born prematurely at 24 weeks and weighed just 1 lb 9 oz. They overcame numerous infections and surgeries during their stay, and after 128 days in the hospital, they got to go home. They just celebrated their 1st birthday and are doing great. They are hitting all their milestones and have a very bright future!

Major Woods was 4 when he started bruising easily and complained of his legs hurting. After multiple trips to the ER, a blood test confirmed that he had b-cell lymphoblastic leukemia. He has spent the past 18 months in and out of the hospital receiving treatment and is now in a 3.5 year maintenance phase. He is back in school now and loves everything Transformers!

Olivia Thorn was 14 years old when a large mass was discovered in her brain. Fortunately, it was benign and not a cancerous tumor, but still required 2 neurosurgeons to remove it. They were unsure what residual effects the surgery would have, but luckily, there have been none, and she continues her passion of cross country running and just got her learner’s permit!