We love offering our consumer a behind the scenes look and are thrilled to present Passion People by Maclaren, a look at our employees and their stories on parenting, philanthropy, and personal passions. We are thrilled to introduce you to, Stephanie Vaughn our Digital Asset and Production Manager and mother to twins Morgan and Shaymus. Stephanie’s twin sons were born on 29 October 2010 at 28 weeks, one day gestation — nearly three months early — each weighing less than 1134 g / 2.5 lb. At four days old, Morgan was transferred to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital when the doctors at Bridgeport Hospital suspected that he had developed Necrotizing Enterocolitis. NEC is an inflammatory disease that leads to necrosis (death) of the intestine. It is predominately due to prematurity and its statistics are startling. NEC is the second leading cause of death in premature infants. NEC is the 10th leading cause of infant death overall. In the United States alone, NEC occurs in approximately 25,000 babies per year. All newborn infants born preterm or born with a low birth weight (less than 5.5 pounds) are at increased risk for NEC.The smaller the infant or the more premature the delivery, the greater the risk. Despite extensive study, the cause of NEC is uncertain. (Sources: UC Davis Health System, CDC/NCHS, APSA and NICHD.) Because of Morgan’s and her family’s experience, Stephanie and her family founded The Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund, Inc., an all-volunteer, public charity dedicated to promoting public awareness about NEC and the potentially devastating effects it can have on preemies and their families, and to advancing research to prevent, diagnose, treat, and ultimately, cure NEC. The Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund was incorporated on Valentine’s Day 2012. Stephanie remembers that, “it was a wonderful way to celebrate the first anniversary of Morgan’s homecoming.” To learn more about Morgan’s story and Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) please visit the Morgan Leary Vaughn page.