In October last year, Meningie residents Jac and Peter Mitchell introduced their newborn daughter Peyton Lee Mitchell to the world.
Just three weeks later, they tragically lost their baby girl when cardiomyopathy, a chronic heart disease, cut her life short.
Her weakened heart muscle lost the ability to pump blood effectively, resulting in irregular heartbeats and, on November 20, her heart failed.
Peyton’s mother Jac said her daughter had caught a viral infection that led to cardiomyopathy.
“We have photos of Peyton on the morning that she passed away and she looks like a happy and healthy girl,” she said.
“It’s still really hard for us but we’ve had a lot of support from family and friends and our community.”
She said she made sure their three-year-old daughter Kelsey saw her baby sister before the passed that day.
Six months on, Jac’s cousin Tayla Fawcett has shown her support for her family through a fundraising and awareness campaign she named Peyton’s Gift.
She created the campaign to help her family and raise awareness around cardiomyopathy after learning it can strike anyone, of any age, at anytime.
On Saturday, May 13, Tayla chopped her long locks to shoulder length during a fundraising event at Frog’s Bar at the Meningie Town Oval.
She said it was the first time in twenty-three years that her hair had been short.
“It was the least I could do to help the family come to grips with their loss,” she said.
“This devastating event of Peyton's passing immediately affected me, as she was my beautiful baby cousin.”
Tayla designed a logo and gained sponsors to create polo shirts which were for sale, as well as organising raffles and a gofundme page, which has raised around $6000.
She said the donations would be distributed to four groups: the Meningie and District Hospital, the Woman's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide, SIDS and Kids SA and the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide.
“These organisations supported the Mitchell family throughout Peyton’s precious lifetime,” she said.
To donate: www.gofundme.com/peytons-gift
We have photos of Peyton on the morning that she passed away and she looks like a happy and healthy girlJac Mitchell