Mary Kenyon

Why I walk

Our son Will was born on October 26, 2004, fifteen and a half weeks early because I was facing life-threatening preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. Will spent 12 weeks and 4 days fighting for his life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University of Iowa Children's Hospital, but finally faced too many challenges and died on January 22, 2005.

His life taught us all that every birth is a miracle, that even the smallest and most fragile among us can have an impact, that we've come a long way in our knowledge and understanding of how to care for premature babies, and that we still have a long way to go. Will now has two brothers, Edward and Daniel, who were both premature, but only by a few weeks each. They have brought such joy to our lives. We treasure our three boys every day.

Every year, half a million babies in the U.S. are born prematurely. Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death and many life long disabilities. The funds we raise in the March for Babies support research that saves babies' lives. Thank you for supporting Team Kenyon as we take steps in the hope that other families will only experience our joy and never our pain.

Your gift matters

Funds raised in March for Babies support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And they will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.

Thank you for walking!
Saturday, April 09, 2016
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Sponsor messages

Martin Geraghty
7 months ago
Finally remembered to do this while I had my wallet near the computer! Always think of you and John and my THREE boys. Love Dad (& Mom, of course).
Renee Speh
7 months ago
Love to your family!
Ann Sepersky
7 months ago
Sending WARM hugs to you all as you walk today!
Sara Moninger
7 months ago
Thinking of Will and all the babies who need this support.
Lois Gray
7 months ago
We will be with you in spirit, marching in Will's memory and for all other babies. I will be out of town at a conference in Washington, D.C. and will be thinking of you on Saturday. Hugs and much love and good wishes from the entire Gray family!
Nora Geraghty
7 months ago
Go Kenyons! Thinking of all 5 of you this weekend.
Andrea Gugliuzza
7 months ago
Love you guys!
Amy Schoon
7 months ago
Thinking of Will and all of the Kenyons!
Mary Wave
7 months ago
Hope it's a great day for all!
Rita Weinberg
7 months ago
We will be with you in spirit on Saturday... praying for sunny warm weather!
Joseph Geraghty
7 months ago
Stay warm, and we'll be thinking you and all your boys!
Nicole Dahya
7 months ago
Mary, I'm sorry we can't make the walk this year - the girls and I are doing Locks of Love and they have a birthday party, and Trishul has to work all day for his hospital O.R. project. Never a dull moment! We did want to donate to this important cause, however! I'll be hoping for good weather! :)
8 months ago
I'm happy to support your wonderful family and team!
Myrna Lattanzi
8 months ago
Good Luck! From Sarah Anderson's Mother-in-law.
Aprille Clarke
8 months ago
Good luck and keep on walkin' in the free world!
Erin Jordan
8 months ago
We love the Kenyons -- all five of them.
Rebekah Tilley
8 months ago
With love and prayers from the Tilley family.
Linzee McCray
8 months ago
Go Team Kenyon!
Sarah Anderson
8 months ago
Love you, Kenyons!
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