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RENO, Nev. – The Reno Aces will host Saint Mary’s “Home Run for Life” ceremony, featuring Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, director of Saint Mary’s Urgent Care, and her newborn baby daughter Jaylin, who was born with a rare heart defect. The ceremony will occur on Friday, June 23 when the Aces take on the Tacoma Rainiers at 7:05 p.m. at Greater Nevada Field.
Since 2014, the Aces and Saint Mary’s have been partnered to showcase the “Home Run for Life” program. Once a month, a brave individual in the Northern Nevada community is honored by taking a ceremonial trip around the bases with each team lining the baselines. The ceremony tells the story of a battle against adversity. Individuals honored have overcome or are battling a significant medical event in their life with the help of St. Mary’s personnel.
Anxious for the arrival of a new baby girl to her family, Dr. Curry-Winchell assumed she would be born without any health-related issues, just like her first child. However, shortly after delivery, newborn baby Jaylin received the diagnosis of a rare heart defect that is essentially a “door” between her right to left atrium.
Hearing ‘your daughter has a heart defect’ isn’t something that Dr. Curry-Winchell expected to hear after delivering her second child. Jaylin’s cardiac defect was initially found due to a standard recommendation to evaluate for cardiac disease based on Dr. Curry-Winchell’s history of lupus and a clotting disorder.
A recent follow-up appointment revealed that the defect is still present in Jaylin, which will require additional monitoring. Despite Jaylin’s current condition, life still operates as normal as possible for Dr. Curry-Winchell and her family. She highly advocates individuals to know their family history and obtain health screens based on that information. Because of Jaylin’s diagnosis, she plans to raise both her children to know what it means to be heart-healthy.
Dr. Curry-Winchell and Baby Jaylin will round the bases commemorating her “Home Run for Life” in the middle of the second inning Friday night. The Reno Aces and Tacoma Rainiers players and staff will be lined up along each baseline to greet both of them as they make their way toward home plate while her story of is publicly announced to the stadium crowd.
Greater Nevada Field gates open at 6:05 p.m. on Friday, June 23. Tickets are on-sale now at www.renoaces.com or by calling (775) 334-4700. Follow the club all season long on Twitter (@Aces) or like the team on Facebook.
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