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Parent Stories

Elise - New York

Elise is my cCMV baby. I had never heard of CMV before...There is no mistake in this plan for you. It may not be the one you had envisioned but it is your story. Choose hope, choose to be positive, and choose to never stop fighting your fight.

Zachary - South Carolina

It has been almost 12 years since his death, I still think about him, talk about him, and share his story. I have had two more healthy children since then. All of my children know about their brother and we continue to celebrate his life.

DJ - Pennsylvania

DJ was born 4 weeks early on December 7th, 2019. He was 4lbs 2 ounces and automatically went to the NICU because of his size. I knew something wasn’t right as soon as I laid eyes on him.

Caleb - Connecticut

He is a miracle. A literal miracle. I can’t even begin to put into words how overwhelmingly blessed I am. Being a special needs mom is something I am proud to be because it means I can connect with other moms who have been through something traumatic and I can try to help them find the silver lining.

Wynne - Pennsylvania

Although she was only here a short time, she was here for a reason. My family and I will continue to advocate on behalf of our sweet baby warrior. 

Paul - Tennessee

I am hopeful that somehow our story can help other families learn more about CMV and hopefully bring awareness to the importance of CMV awareness even before conception. 

Portia - Michigan

​Portia is stubborn, strong-willed and fiercely determined. It’s what gives her an edge in life.

Indya - Georgia

Our daughter, Indya, was born in 1988. Except for the cold I had towards the end of my first trimester, my pregnancy was normal, and we had no reason for concern beyond the typical worries of first-time parents. 

Leo - New York

This was our second pregnancy. It was a BOY! All was going according to plan. The 21-week ultrasound was scheduled and Karen went in very confident all was going to be okay. Turns out, it wasn't. 

Dorothea - New Jersey

This is Dorothea! We live in New Jersey. I was diagnosed with CMV within the first trimester of my pregnancy (8 weeks). Dorothea did contract the virus, but was born asymptomatic.