"Leroy was born with a number of challenges and at one point we were told he would not make it. Well, Leroy has made it!"
Leroy was born about 2 months early, weighing just four pounds, seven ounces. He contracted infections at birth and was diagnosed with slow development, facial nerve injury at birth and later found out he had hearing loss in both ears.
Leroy spent his first 119 days in the woman’s hospital NICU; watching our son fight for his life was challenging for us as his parents, but with every day of the fight came a new victory and accomplishment for us to celebrate.
We learned that the March of Dimes NICU Family Support made many of our happy days possible, from volunteers that came and gave words of encouragement, to small gifts, along with educational information concerning some of Leroy’s diagnosis and services outside the hospital that would be available to us if needed. We are grateful to the March of Dimes for their commitment to help give every baby a fighting chance.
Over the years Leroy has developed tremendously and wants to give back to the people that have helped him.
See, when life hands you lemons we make Lemonade; therefore, Leroy sells lemonade from the business him and his parents started 6 years ago on lemonade day, and donates proceeds to support the March of Dimes 2018 Signature Chef’s Auction's Fund the Mission Champaign.
The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign aims to reduce premature birth in the United States and to give every baby a fair chance for a healthy full-term birth.
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Leroy’s LipSmack’n Lemonade stands can be found at LSU sports events and Baton Rouge Blue’s Festival Kids Zone (April 14th & 15th,2018), just to name a few.
He has been featured in publication like 225 magazine and the “Eat Play Live” section of the Advocate newspaper.