Stacey Skrysak is an award winning television journalist based in Illinois. But her proudest role is becoming a mother. In 2013, Stacey and her husband, Ryan, were expecting triplets after years of infertility. Unfortunately, tragedy struck the Skrysak family. At 22 weeks gestation, Stacey delivered two identical girls and a boy. Being born more than 17 weeks premature, their triplets were not even considered viable by most hospital standards around the world. Baby Abigail passed away within two hours of birth. Their son, Parker, lived for nearly two months in the NICU, but mounting medical issues proved to be too much. Their son passed away in their arms after 55 days.
Peyton is their lone survivor, a healthy child who has overcome more obstacles than most people experience in a lifetime. Peyton spent nearly four months in the neonatal intensive care unit before finally arriving home in the fall of 2013.
Through their journey, Stacey has become a voice for premature birth, child loss and infertility. She helps others through her writing, which has appeared on The Washington Post, Today Show, Huffington Post, and Upworthy, among others. Her story has appeared around the world on websites like People.com, Yahoo!, ABC News and Redbook. In 2018, the Today Show spent time with Stacey’s family in Illinois, creating a beautiful video about the Skrysaks and finding life after loss.
Thanks to their triplets, the Skrysaks found a new purpose in life. In 2016, Stacey and Ryan founded Triple Heart Foundation, a non-profit charity that provides children’s books and care packages to NICU families across the country. Research has shown that reading to these babies not only helps brain development, but it also helps to create a special bond between the parents and their baby. Each book is given to a Nicu family, allowing them to create a library of books and memories during their hospital stay.