Quinn Rosalie Seymour was born virtually perfect. Her finger nails looked very worrisome, but nothing else stuck out. Until the nurses washed her at the hospital and peeled skin off her bottom as they dried her. Very quickly her skin began to break down. On day 9 of her life her parents were given the first verbal diagnosis that confirmed their fears – Quinn had Epidermolysis Bullosa and the doctors best guess was that it was the worst kind. After several punch biopsies it was confirmed on day 16 that Quinn was suffering from Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa – Herlitz.
The only known treatment option toward a cure is a risky Bone Marrow Transplant. The only place in the world doing these transplants is the University of Minnesota. It is still a clinical trial. Quinn Seymour Quinn was approved to take part – she was the 19th to be transplanted and by far the youngest. Her family moved with her from Ohio to Minnesota and one parent lived in the hospital with her 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While the other tried to spend time with their 2 year old son.
She had to suffer through grueling bathing and bandage changes that lasted from 2.5 hours to 5 hours. She was covered in bandages from her toes to her neck and later over most of her head. The skin blisters initially, but is so fragile that it becomes open wounds. These wounds are compared to second and third degree burns. In 2012, with little or no immune system, Quinn struggled for her life through 3 bouts of pneumonia – all of which are very deadly to infants and transplant patients. When she finally passed on April 7th – it was discovered she had 2 more types of pneumonia in her lungs that had not previously been diagnosed.
As the first step in helping families during a major crisis the Seymour’s raised money to build a chapel inside University of Minnesota Children's Hospital at the University of Minnesota (where Quinn lived). This hospital is doing cutting edge research for those that suffer with EB. It is the families hope that the chapel will provide some comfort to patients, families and friends. EB may be “the worst disease you have never heard of,” but rest assured the Seymour’s believe all illness – especially childhood illness – is awful. If even a small glimmer of hope can be given to someone struggling with a childhood illness, then the chapel project will have been a success!
Thank you for making The Quinn Seymour Chapel a reality for the children and families at University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital. We could not have made this happen without YOUR help.
Pray, hope & don’t worry ~St. Padre Pio
Epidermolysis Bullosa is often called "the worst disease you have never heard of." That is definitely an accurate way to describe this awful disorder. The way we prefer to think of it involves butterflies. It is said those with EB have "skin as fragile as butterfly wings." Quinn very quickly became our butterfly. During her sweet life we were surrounded by love, support and prayer. As we both read the daily emails, caring bridge guest book comments, letters, prayer cards and texts, we felt so loved.
We felt so in touch with an army of prayer warriors that were helping us to get Quinn her cure! Mandy and Marc began to talk about the amazing people around them as Quinn's Butterfly Army. One day, Marc shared that through the blog and it stuck. Quinn's Butterfly Army took on a life of its very own and we are forever blessed by the continued outpouring of love and support!
Why a chapel? When we were facing the suffering and death of our child, to pray was all we could do. What a blessing it would have been to have a place of respite to escape to where we could quiet our minds & souls, to pray to our loving God, to restore our hope. Our prayer now is that The Quinn Seymour Chapel will provide that for families who are taking the journey we once traveled.
Thank you for helping us build a spiritual space for the patients and families at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital in loving memory of Quinn!
As you may know, we were presented with an incredible opportunity to honor our Quinny while we were living in Minnesota. A chaplain came into Quinn’s hospital room to apologize that there was no Catholic Mass in the hospital and unknowingly planted a seed. He told us about the space in the hospital, just off of the lobby, that is meant to be a multidenominational chapel in the newly constructed hospital. At that very moment, we knew that one day we’d like to honor our daughter by helping to raise the funds for The Quinn Seymour Chapel. As you can imagine, the passion for this project took on new meaning when Quinn went to heaven on April 7, 2012.
While we were living in Minnesota, we met so many amazing families from around the world, with many different faiths and beliefs. All of us had one striking commonality; we were all enduring suffering and sadness we never expected would be a part of our lives. And all of us needed something bigger than ourselves and our circumstances to believe in. We hope that The Quinn Seymour Chapel will give this to the families who continue to helplessly watch their children struggle. But we cannot do this without the community that so lovingly supported us while we were in those families’ shoes.
With your gracious help, we have raised enough funds for the construction and maintenance of Quinn’s Chapel. As of July 2015, we’ve raised $500,000+!! On March 26, 2016 The Quinn Seymour Chapel was officially opened and dedicated! It is a spiritual space geared specifically towards children; children of All faith backgrounds and their families.
In August 2016, the chapel was honored as a top 3 finalist in the Minnesota Leaders in Healthcare Awards for Interior Design/Architecture. Final results for the award will be available late October 2016. View by clicking here.