Gracie A.

Gracie, the identical twin sister of Paylynn, was born on November 10, 2008, at 27 weeks, weighing only 12 ounces. “She was a true miracle,” her mother Rebecca says. “She was so strong, happy, and full of life.” Life was a struggle for Gracie, though, and her premature condition led to respiratory syncytial virus, a disease of the lungs. “It put too much strain on her heart, and she passed of heart failure” on April 12, 2011. “I wish they could do more for lung disease,” says Rebecca, “as it’s such a sad thing and helpless thing to watch someone suffer from it.”