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These parents are devoted to their preemie triplets (and four other kids!) | Unsung Hero

Airway Heights couple are determined to overcome challenges so kids can thrive

Seattle’s Child is proud to partner with the state Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington to honor outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.

All month long, we’ll introduce you to Unsung Heroes from around the state: biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofits; some mentor others in their communities. Enjoy their stories.


Korielle Ralpho, Airway Heights

The Ralpho family captured my heart (as well as PT and speech therapists Christina Hodges, Erin Johnson and Eden White) when their triplet preemie babies began therapy at Stepping Stones in July 2022.

Korielle and Henley Ralpho have seven kids at home. Their triplets were born at 28 weeks and required 3 months in the NICU before being discharged home.

These parents devote everything they have to their kids. They have shown time and time again that they are committed to overcoming any hardship or stressor that hits their family. Parents are in tune with their kids’ wants and needs. They ask for help from Stepping Stones in the form of available resources in the community. I can’t think of a more deserving family or set of parents that define the term “Unsung Hero.”


Nominator: Kaely Santos, Family Resource Coordinator at Stepping Stones


More Unsung Heroes:

Lack of sleep doesn’t stop Kate Ginn from helping kids

Amy Jensen has shown her boys what a mother can do

Through grief, Susan Barbeau has been there for her child, her community

Spokane mom strives to become the best version of herself

Kendall Bowen goes above and beyond for kids placed in her care

Heather Fourstar, mother of 7 and determined change-maker


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