That Little Red Hat

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This is one of my most favorite photographs of Rory – I just loved that little red hat. His hat was red and his sister Kathleen’s hat was pink. I can’t tell how many times I kissed his cheek in that little red hat.

When Rory and Kathleen got older of course we had to trade in the hats for something “older”. I remember folding Rory’s hat to put it away in his memory box. I remember thinking how lovely it would be for him to have his little red hat to show to his own children in years to come…

Since he died I have not opened his memory box, I have not looked at his little red hat. There are some things I have faced but this is not one of them. Sepsis, lack of knowledge of sepsis, and poor medicine killed my son. I know in my heart and soul that if I had known about sepsis Rory would be alive today.

I am embracing the L’Oréal Women of Worth campaign and competition to become the National Honoree because it will bring more awareness to sepsis. Everyone needs to know about this awful killer that can take your children, your loved ones, in a matter of hours or days. Sepsis took my little boy away – let’s get the word out there. Please vote for me each day until October 28th so we can use this platform to change the world.