Why "Miss Awareness" Gives Back to Riley

December 13, 2017
Topics: Donors, Heart (cardiology), Riley Kid Story

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Riley kid Brylee Holguin

My daughter Brylee was born on April 30, 2009, and because of her blue coloring, we instantly knew something was wrong. After a few tests she was airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children. Doctors ran several tests and told us words you never want to hear as a parent: "Your child has several complex congenital heart defects.”

Brylee was diagnosed with L-TGA, HRV, ASD, VSD, STV, RAIV, ARSCA, PS, and Dextrocardia. As a parent you become completely overwhelmed, but you instantly want to learn everything you can to help your child and fight right alongside her. 

Brylee has been through a series of open-heart surgeries and catheterization procedures performed by Riley Heart Surgeon Mark Turrentine, M.D., and Riley Pediatric Heart Surgeon Mark Hoyer, M.D. There are just no words to describe how it feels as her mother to finally see my child pink and full of energy, and to know she has a fighting chance at life. Riley Hospital, the wonderful nurses and techs, and the amazing team of doctors and surgeons made this happen! Dr. Hoyer has been there every step of the way, encouraging her through the struggles and cheering Brylee through her victories. They have a special bond and we think the world of him.

Riley Hospital will always have a special place in our hearts. Brylee is just as passionate as we are about helping and giving back. From helping prepare meals for the Ronald McDonald House, to winning the “Miss Awareness” award in pageants by raising the most money for Riley Hospital, Brylee puts her whole heart into it! This is why raising money and supporting Riley is so special to us. They gave my daughter a fighting chance at life.

Mandy Ramey

Mandy Ramey and her husband Seth have four daughters, Brylee, Avriana, Kelsi and Kensi. Mandy works at Stalker Elementary School where her younger girls attend. Their family shares a love for Riley, including involvement with the Riley Dance Marathon program through their local high school in Bedford, Ind.

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