A walk for fam­i­lies

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page -

Ce­cilia Mars­den be­came preg­nant with her sec­ond child in the sum­mer of 2014.

She had pre­vi­ously given birth to a son, Wil­liam, in Fe­bru­ary of 2010, while she and hus­band Andy were liv­ing in St. John’s.

Ce­celia says she had a sched­uled C-sec­tion at 39 weeks be­cause baby Wil­liam had breached, and was sur­prised that lit­tle baby Wil­liam weighed only five pounds, two ounces.

Nurses did a test on Wil­liam, and doc­tors de­cided to keep him in the Neona­tal In­ten­sive Care Unit (NICU) for fur­ther ob­ser­va­tion.

Lit­tle Wil­liam has a con­di­tion where his bones didn’t reg­u­late cal­cium, and Ce­cilia says cal­cium was con­tin­u­ally flow­ing from his bones into his blood­stream, and that his bones were be­ing de­pleted.

The fam­ily spent some time in Toronto so that Wil­liam could have a surgery to cor­rect the is­sue. They spent 10 days at a Ron­ald McDon­ald House there.

Four years later, the fam­ily would once again spend time at a Ron­ald McDon­ald House, only for a much longer stay.

When Ce­cilia be­gan preg­nant with Jessa, she was sent to see a high-risk preg­nancy doc­tor be­cause Ce­cilia Mars­den and daugh­ter Jessa.

of some of the is­sues that Wil­liam had faced.

Dur­ing ul­tra­sounds, doc­tors no­ticed a con­cern re­lated to a lack of blood flow.

At about 25 weeks, Ce­cilia was hos­pi­tal­ized and mon­i­tored every day.

“The baby wasn’t grow­ing, and it was getting to the point where it was go­ing to be safer for her to be de­liv­ered and brought to the NICU to try and save here there, in­stead of hav­ing a still birth,” Ce­cilia told The Packet.

On May 15, baby Jessa was de­liv­ered.

She was one pound, one ounce.

“The first cou­ple of days, which I can’t even re­ally re­mem­ber, she was do­ing good,” Ce­cilia Ce­cilia Mars­den, through the Clarenville Lions Club, will be host­ing the Clarenville Red Shoe Crew— Walk for Fam­i­lies on Satur­day, Sept. 22 at the Lion’s Club. Reg­is­tra­tion will be at 10:30 a.m., with the walk start­ing at 11:30 a.m. and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties planned for the af­ter­noon.

Should it rain, ac­tiv­i­ties will be held in­doors.

“Do­ing this walk, and push­ing my­self to do it, would be a good way to memo­ri­al­ize her (daugh­ter Jessa),” ex­plained Mars­den, who hopes that telling her fam­i­lies’ story might make peo­ple see the need for or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Ron­ald McDon­ald House.

In years prior, Mary and Brian Felkar of the Lions Club have hosted the walk, and while there was no walk last year, the club did fundraise

said. “Be­cause there was that chance that she would be born and that would be it. So any day we got was a ben­e­fit.”

When the Clarenville fam­ily came to grasp the sit­u­a­tion they were deal­ing with, they re­al­ized they would need to work out new liv­ing ar­range­ments im­me­di­ately.

“With a baby that pre­ma­ture, we were look­ing at prob­a­bly a year in the hos­pi­tal. And be­cause we had that good ex­pe­ri­ence in Toronto, we were like, ‘We re­ally want to try this. We know that this is a good thing for us,’” said Ce­cilia, who also about $3,000 for the Ron­ald McDon­ald House through other means, in­clud­ing a garage sale hosted by Mars­den.

“The Lion’s Club do so much for our com­mu­nity in ways that peo­ple don’t even re­al­ize,” said Ce­cilia, who joined the club in late sum­mer 2016.

Mars­den also ac­knowl­edged that Septem­ber is a busy fundrais­ing month, with many other walks and fundrais­ing events hap­pen­ing in and around Clarenville over the com­ing month, but says that the McDon­ald’s com­pany prefers the walks take place in Septem­ber.

“If we only get 10 peo­ple at our walk, at least it hap­pened,” she said. Visit the Face­book page at https://www.face­book.com/ events/1060529607453846/ for in­for­ma­tion on how to get in­volved or to do­nate.

noted that sev­eral friends did offer their homes to the fam­ily. “We got our call that there was a room avail­able for us, and from there it be­come home. We were there (Ron­ald McDon­ald House in St. John’s) for 120 days.”

Ce­cilia says the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing able to stay at the Ron­ald McDon­ald House while baby Jessa fought for her life is beyond words, and needs to be ex­pe­ri­enced to be truly un­der­stood.

Small things like not hav­ing to worry about pre­par­ing meals, she says, takes a load of stress off the mind.

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