Adventures as a family

By Emily Combs


HIE hasn’t stopped this adventurous family from exploring and enjoying their world together.

Two-year-old Connor May and his parents, Rhea and Johnny, live in the foothills overlooking Denver, Colorado – and they take full advantage of the adventures awaiting them in their own backyard and beyond.

From mountains to music festivals, Connor is already quite a daring little man. Along with laughing and listening to music, being outside and feeling the wind on his face are some of his very favorite things.


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The adventure of having another baby

After the traumatic birth of her daughter, Brittany Bemourtrusting was terrified to think about going through pregnancy again.

But it was an adventure she had wanted her whole life.


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Visiting her village

Making the trip from Tanzania to Kenya to visit the village where Wanjiru Muigai-Mnaro grew up was important to her.

The adventure would allow her 1-year-old son Malik to meet his 99-year-old great grandfather and see the village where his mother lived for 11 years, she said.

“It was also a chance for him to enjoy the little things the village has to offer like farm animals, beautiful scenery, playing with his cousins who live in the village and he had loads of fun,” she said.


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Warrior on Wheels

By Emily Combs


Life with HIE regularly takes its twists and turns.

And sometimes those happen to be literal twists and turns, cycling through Cape Town, South Africa in the world’s largest timed cycle race.

That’s the adventure that Nura Mohamed and her family went on just this spring.


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Making a wish come true

Long nights in the NICU sparked a dream in one HIE mother, and she wasn’t going to take no for an answer.

Sara Baker Pendleton met her daughter, Ansley, at 2 weeks old in the NICU, and was so struck by her perfect little feet. The way she held them reminded her of first position in ballet. Ansley’s prognosis was grim after birth, and Sara often heard from doctors that she wouldn’t be able to do anything, but she had hope.


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