Family run for Mylee
AFTER going through every parent’s nightmare, Melanie and Sean Manning are pulling on their sneakers to prevent other parents from experiencing the unexplained loss of a child.
The Mannings lost their daughter Mylee at just 15 months and had no explanation for her passing for a year.
“We put Mylee to bed one night as a healthy, happy little girl and in the morning when I went to get her, every parent’s worst nightmare was our reality,” Mrs Manning said.
“Mylee had passed away during the night without any warning, not even a sound.”
The couple eventually learnt Mylee suffered an immune deficiency and since she died in 2012, have raised $10,000 for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC).
“One way we can honour Mylee is to focus on her life and embrace the happy memories we have of her; she was our beautiful, bubbly little girl and that is how we remember her,” Mrs Manning said.
The Mannings were the first to register for the Sunshine Beach Run at City Beach, a 1km, 3km or 5km event to raise money and awareness of SIDS and Kids on February 21.
West Coast Eagles physiotherapist Chris Perkin started the event in 2012 after losing his wife Cindy and son Jake following a stillbirth.
Mrs Manning said her son Chase was proud to run for his little sister each year.
Mrs Manning said the event allowed them to remember their daughter and channel their grief in a positive way.
“It is important to show our children that even though bad things happen in life, it’s how you rise from tragedy that defines you,” she said.
To donate to Team Mylee, visit https://2016sunshinebeachrun.gofundraise.com.au/payments/donate/page/383493.
Melanie and Sean Manning with children Chase, Paisley and Eden Picture: Andrew
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