Fam­ily run for Mylee

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By CAITLIN TILLER

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

Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d446765

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