Warriors Walk for Wyatt is Saturday at WinterPlace

The public is welcome to attend the third annual Warriors Walk for Wyatt on Saturday, from 10 a.m.  to 1 p.m. at WinterPlace Park.

Proceeds will be used to help families whose children, receiving care at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, must be transferred to bigger hospitals.

Warrior Care Packages are given to the families before they leave PRMC. Each includes a laundry bag, snacks, pen, journal, toy and items for the baby including booties and a onesie.

Jen Shipe started the annual walk after her infant son, Wyatt Mercer Shipe, died in 2015.

“Wyatt was born via planned C-section at 40 weeks on July 8, 2015, all of my prenatal care suggested I would be giving birth to a healthy baby boy,” Shipe explained.

“However, upon his arrival the doctors knew quickly that something was not right. Wyatt was diagnosed with TGA, Transposition of the Greater Arteries. He was then sent to Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.

“To say this was a shock to all of us would be an understatement. However, we couldn’t have asked to be sent to a better hospital, or for more caring doctors and nurses. Although, they were unable to keep my boy here, they worked day and night to give him the best chance and the best care. It was evident they truly loved my boy and for that I will be eternally grateful,” she wrote on her Webpage.

Little Wyatt underwent open heart surgery on July 22. Doctors repaired his heart, but he developed complications and died Aug. 21.

“I couldn’t be more proud to be his Mom, or more thankful that God chose me, and allowed me those weeks with my precious boy,” Shipe said.

“Losing Wyatt is something I’ll never fully understand, but I want to use my grief and knowledge of the process to help other families,” she said.


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