March of Dimes: Saving Regyn Lloyd

It's a fun time, and great food, for a good cause!

Thursday night, the March of Dimes Signature Chef's Auction took place at the Sioux City Convention Center.

This year's Ambassador Family has quite a story to tell.

She's just old enough to walk, but it's already been a long journey for Regyn Lloyd and her family from Moville, Iowa.

During her mother Mary's first ultrasound, the technician noticed a problem.

"When she stood up she said she had to go get a doctor. And to be honest with you I think I felt my heart skipped a beat. We knew something was up," said Mary Lloyd.

Doctors couldn't find all four chambers of the heart, and told the Lloyds the baby would need surgery after she was born, or a heart transplant to survive.

"You know, as parents of two other normal, healthy children and no other significant health problems it was very saddening and overwhelming and confusing all at once," Mary said.

Adam and Mary met at Morningside College. She's now an O-B nurse. Adam works for a Sioux City bank. If his name sounds familiar, you may have watched him play football for the Mustangs, and later the Sioux City Bandits.

He says handing off his newborn daughter for surgery at Children's Hospital in Omaha was one of the most difficult things he's ever done.

"If you play sports or you watch that tunnel of players when they introduce the starting lineup... they were lined up at the operating room like that when they walked her into the O. R.," said Adam Lloyd.

That surgery was followed by another in November of last year.

"Knowing and working in the business you know the importance of March of Dimes and we've always donated but we never knew that it would be going to us," said Mary Lloyd.

"Without the funding we wouldn't be here today to tell the story of a surviving child," said Adam Lloyd.

There are still challenges to face for Regyn and her family. But thanks to years of research and improving medical practices funded by the March of Dimes, the future is much brighter.

"I think her name says it all. It's Regyn Hope. Hope is her middle name and we knew it fit her well. We never lost hope in each other and her. Kept fighting. And she truly is a miracle," said Mary Lloyd.

This year's local fundraising goal is $75,000, almost double last year's goal.

The March of Dimes was originally founded in 1938 to fight polio.

Over the years the mission has shifted to prevent premature birth and birth defects.