Pictured (l to r): Morgan, Jeff, Stephanie and Shaymus. Photo: Photography by Jennifer Lynn, LLC
Stephanie M. Vaughan, Co-founder and President
Jeffrey M. Vaughan, Jr., Vice President
Mary L. Midolo, Co-founder and Secretary
Sebastian A. Midolo, Treasurer
Author of “From Hope to Joy: A Memoir of a Mother’s Determination
and Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle to Beat the Odds”
Kathleen (Kat) Jachnycky
Great Aunt of a NEC survivor
Assistant Manager, Digital Marketing, Subway
National Account Manager, Allied Printing Services, Inc.
Liz Van Sickle
Senior Operations Manager, Federici Brands LLC
We’re an ordinary family who had something extraordinary happen to us. On October 29, 2010, Stephanie and Jeff experienced the unexpected birth of their twin sons at 28 weeks, one day gestation followed four days later by Morgan’s diagnosis of Necrotizing Enterocolitis and subsequent loss of 20% of his small intestine.
Before coming home, Shaymus spent 85 days in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Bridgeport Hospital; Morgan spent a combined 109 days in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Bridgeport Hospital and the Newborn Special Care Unit at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. They are now happy, healthy (nearly) seven-year-olds.
Shaymus and Morgan’s birth was a defining moment for the entire family. The 109 days
that followed left us forever changed, and on the path to establishing The Morgan Leary