Ladybug Run 2012

Owen and I had the pleasure of going to the Ladybug Run 2012 on August 12. This race was organized by Liz Dooley whose little daughter Finley was born with CDH, the same defect that Owen was born with. August 12 was her 2nd birthday. The Ladybug unit at Legacy Emanuel is the unit where the CDH babies are cared for after birth.

I had a feeling that this event would be emotional for me. I was right. I can’t describe being able to take my little man to something like this. Watching him run the kid race. He has come so far and is so healthy now. God has blessed us greatly and I am so thankful.

Owen at the starting line.

Owen running. After watching the Olympics for days, he was ready to run fast
and represent like Ashton Eaton! Go Ducks! (Don’t you love how I can make that
connection even on this post!)

Post-race pride

Post-race snacks

The absolute highlight of the day for me was reconnecting with Owen’s first roommate,
Maddie, who was having the same yummy cookie:)

Maddie shared the Ladybug room with Owen for the first week of his life. Seeing both of them together and healthy is such a miracle. Getting to see her family was wonderful. We don’t know them well, but we share a bond with them that we don’t have with many people. We had some of the scariest moments of our lives in the same room!

Owen’s race bib and what he wore on his back…

The race was a success and we hope to be there again next year!


3 responses to “Ladybug Run 2012”

  1. grandma ruby says :

    So much fun for him. Great to see little Maddy as well.

  2. Jane & Chad says :

    Awesome! You’ll have to let us know when it is next year, we’ll come out to cheer him on. 🙂


  3. lizdooley says :

    LOVE this post!! Just getting caught back up on blogs since August was absolutely insane. between the race, Rowan and Finley’s Bdays, oh ya and 2 trips – so full – but so fun! It was so great seeing you and Owen. I only wish there had been more time to talk. I am thinking of organizing a picnic for the spring – would you guys be able to come up? It was such an emotional day for me too.. Finley turning 2 and also seeing all the other survivors at various ages… and then remembering the angels… only by the grace of God I wasn’t a blubbering mess all day! Also, love the first day of school pix…


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