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Will was born three months before his due date, at only 24 weeks and 5 days into his mom’s pregnancy. He was a micro-premie — defined as a baby born weighing less than 1 pound, 12 ounces, or before 26 weeks gestation. He endured several serious infections, septic shock, chronic lung disease, retinopathy of prematurity, patent ductus arteriosus, and silent aspiration. What helped his parents — especially in the early days of his NICU stay — were his amazing caregivers.

Now 2 years old, Will continues to fight battles every day that are typically taken for granted —drinking from a cup, sitting, walking, talking. But he also loves to color, drives his parents crazy with his fake coughs, bats his enviable long eyelashes, and gives hugs like nobody’s business. His mom Brittany says, “Will has touched so many and reminds us each day that where there’s a will, there’s a way!”