LAWRENCEVILLE, Pa. - The mother of Baby Ryan is selling calendars to raise money for the Children’s Hospital intensive care unit.
Baby Ryan, who gained worldwide attention last year when his mother created a bucket list before he died, was born with Down syndrome and had congenital heart defects that kept him at Children’s Hospital for most of his young life.
“The hospital gave us 21 of the most amazing months with Ryan, and without them, we wouldn’t have had any,” Diane Roberts said.
Roberts’ calendar has already raised about $5,000 for the ICU.
Ashley Fazzino’s 3-month-old son Luka, who had his second open heart surgery Monday, is one of the 40 children pictured in the calendar.
“Everything he’s overcome makes him my little hero,” Fazzino said.
Roberts said she loves that the money raised from the calendar sales will help other kids.
“Life does go on and I just want to make my son proud of me because I know he’s watching everything I do,” Roberts said.
"More children die from heart defects than all the childhood cancers combined. So what goes on in the CICU here is critical and it's vital," said Lori Jones, Children's Hospital Heart Foundation president.
Roberts told Channel 11’s Gordon Loesch that she carries Ryan’s ashes inside her bracelet, and she continues to grieve every day. However, she recently found out that she is pregnant.
“I just found out I’m pregnant with twins,” Roberts said. “I’m scared because I’m older and they’re not my first babies, so I’m at high risk.”
Roberts said she’s working to make sure Ryan’s short life continues to make an impact on others.
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