Ryan Mac Sanders was born
August 10, 1992 to Catherine and Steven Sanders.
is the Director and Founder of Shaken Baby Prevention, Inc.
She is a native of Northern Virginia. She graduated from
Falls Church High School, attended Bethany College in Bethany
WVA and then transferred to and graduated with a Bachelor
of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University
Catherine went on to work for the London
Daily Express, Gannett News Service and then MCI Telecommunications
where she remained for 19 years. Catherine is married to Steven
Sanders who was born in Norman, Oklahoma and is President of
SGS Builders, Inc. Ryan’s
life and the life of his parents changed forever October 9, 1992, when Ryan was shaken by his home based childcare provider, Eleanor
Kay Hinegardner of Lake Ridge, Virginia.
| Ryan suffers
daily with cerebral palsy, cortical visual impairment and
profound mental retardation. Ryan is an extremely happy boy,
seizure free but remains non-verbal and incontinent. Ryan
will never experience independence in his lifetime. Ryan
won’t go to college, Ryan won’t get married,
and Ryan won’t have children. Ryan will also need a
caregiver for life. Ryan’s medical needs and 24/7 care
will run in excess of $4 million dollars in his lifetime.
Ryan enjoys socialization, soccer and t-ball
for special needs children along with therapeutic horseback
riding. Ryan loves balls and all types of music, especially
when that is shared with his Dad. He enjoys being read to
and also enjoys his “tubby time”. Ryan receives
physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, myofascial
therapy, botox and phenol treatments for spastic muscles
and sees more doctors in a year than most of us will see
in our lifetime. Ryan has experienced two surgeries.
Eleanor Kay Hinegardner, was
convicted in May 1993, served 18 months in jail and was released
from parole September 2003. She now resides in Heritage Hunt,
a retirement community in Gainesville, VA. While a jury of
her peers sentenced her to 4 years in jail for felony child
abuse, Ryan continues to serve his life sentence of disabilities
that she inflicted upon him.
Shaken Baby Syndrome is 100% preventable
and prevention lies in your hands. Please remember it’s
never okay to shake a baby and SHAKING A BABY SHATTERS
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