Support a local family, Help an important cause, and Enjoy a Day at the Park
Memories are priceless. For Paul Mongillo and Michelle Baker of Newtown, this is especially true. The parents of twin boys Bryce and Lucca only had one year to make memories with Bryce, who passed away in May 2018. To honor the little boy’s enduring legacy, the family is hosting a fundraising event, Bryce’s Day at the Park, on June 8, 2019.
Bryce’s Day at the Park will be a great way to enjoy a summer day and make memories. Held at Warwick Community Park in Jamison, the venue itself offers a playground, splash pad, soccer field, and basketball courts. In addition, there will be food, face painting, music, and a special memorial activity for everyone to join.
All proceeds raised from the event will benefit Bryce’s Fund, a PVS research fund that Bryce’s parents established at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Bryce Louis Mongillo is an identical twin to Lucca Joseph Mongillo. From the beginning, he was a fighter. Before being born, Bryce was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, coarctation of the aorta. Defying the odds, the two boys arrived on April 28, 2017, with strong cries despite being two months premature. Bryce was transferred to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and had heart surgery at one-month-old. While the surgery fixed his congenital heart defect, Bryce was diagnosed with a rare disease shortly after. This disease, Pulmonary Vein Stenosis (PVS), affects the heart and lungs. There are very few options for children with PVS. Bryce’s parents put him on the list for a double lung transplant, but he didn’t receive his gift of life in time. Bryce passed away in May 2018, shortly after celebrating his first birthday at home with his twin brother.
Despite having such a hard life, Bryce was the sweetest little boy and remains deeply loved by his family. After he passed away, he donated his heart valves to other hopeful children. Bryce’s parents, Paul and Michelle, established a PVS research fund at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in his memory. All proceeds from Bryce’s Day at the Park will go to Bryce’s Fund as a means to honor his legacy.