After her release from the hospital, Mandy made continuous rounds of doctors, occupational, physical and speech therapists. Other than a mild form of cerebral palsy which causes her to walk on her toes, Mandy is healthy.
"She has a maturity about her and she always has," said her mother, recalling the challenges and struggles she faced.
Today, Mandy is 24, works as a receptionist at Mid-Atlantic Realty Management in Hunt Valley and is nearly finished her degree in business from the University of Maryland University College.
Her mother remains grateful to the GBMC staff that cared for her. "She got excellent care and support," Linda said. "We were all supported."
Nick Travelstead, this year's race chairman, said registrations have already surpassed last year's total. Almost $100,000 has already been pledged, a higher total than last year's $87,000.
The race, which begins at 8 a.m. on June 15, takes place on the hospital campus.
When the Homeland father Travelstead was asked to chair the event, he didn't hesitate.
"They helped us through tough times," he said. He and his wife, Lydia, lost their first child at 29 weeks. Travelstead praised the staff's compassion, generosity and their proficiency.
The Travelsteads have returned to GBMC twice — for the births of their daughter, almost 4, and their son, now 2. With another child on the way, they'll be back again.
"GBMC has been a big part of the growth of our family," Travelstead said.
Registration for the Father's Day 5k and 1-mile Fun Walk at GBMC continues online through June 11 but in-person registration will be held Friday, June 13, 3-6 p.m. and Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m-3 p.m., both at Charm City Run in Timonium.