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Making A Difference: Family Organizes Bike Ride In Honor Of Daughter

LEXINGTON, Ky.  (LEX 18) – A year after their infant daughter died hours after birth, a Lexington family is marking her first birthday by supporting others faced with similar realities.

The “Ride for Claire” bike ride is set for Saturday in Nicholasville and will help the Embry family find purpose through their pain.

In early 2017, Jill and Brandon Embry were brimming with excitement. They were expecting their first baby girl. Everything was going to plan until their 20-week appointment.

Their daughter, Claire, was diagnosed with a severe heart defect known as charge syndrome. The excitement turned to confusion and sadness. With the help of the palliative care team from UK Children’s Hospital, the Embry family was never alone.

“For us, I don’t know that we could put a price or tell you how important it is to get that guidance through this process because we have one shot at it to make the best decision for our daughter,” Jill Embry told LEX 18’s Claire Crouch.

After weighing all the options, they chose not to operate. On September 7, 2017, they spent nine sweet hours with baby Claire Elizabeth.

Now, they’re spending Claire’s first birthday raising money for the team at  UK that helped them in their darkest hour.

The family is now expecting their third child in January.

The ride begins at 9 a.m. at Southland Church on Harrodsburg Road.

For more information, visit the ride’s Facebook page.

Melissa Ratliff

Melissa Ratliff

Melissa is the Executive Producer of Digital Content at LEX 18.
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