Unsung Hero: Ashley Ewings, military mom has built a community far from home
Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington.
Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero.
Nominations are accepted from around the state and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes: outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.
Ashley Ewings, JBLM
I met Ashley Ewings as we are fellow military wives and our husbands are both stationed on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
We are both away from our East Coast families, which has allowed Ashley and her family to become close family friends. She is a great wife and mother to two beautiful girls, one of whom was born with a number of medical difficulties.
Even when the hospital would not listen, Ashley continued to fight to advocate for her daughter, Emerson, until she was heard. By seven weeks old, Emerson underwent supraglottoplasy corrective surgery to have her airways opened, to allow her to breathe properly. Unfortunately, the fight did not stop there. Emerson has laryngomalacia, tracheomalacia, Bronchomalacia, a suspected laryngeal cleft, dysphagia, and her legs are braced for femoral torsion.
Ashley has built a team of doctors, having to switch several times until she found ones that were knowledgeable and well-equipped to handle her daughter's health-care needs. She even reached out to find resources for early-intervention services to help in the home.
While her husband is continuously away, for military purposes, Ashley's perseverance has continued to grow. She is building a community of church-loving people, researching and advocating on Emerson’s behalf, and being a truly amazing friend, while here in Washington state. She deserves countless accolades for simply being her.
Nominator: Eboni Bright