WD Racing was started in March of 2015 by James & Brandy Barchanowicz after the loss of their twin boys Waylon and Dean. Brandy had what is known as PPROM (Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes), the rupture of membranes that protects a baby while in the womb. The rupture of membranes usually leads to an early delivery date.
James wife Brandy was placed on bed rest for 7 weeks before being admitted to St. Mary’s hospital where a sepsis set in forcing her to deliver Waylon and Dean at week 25. Waylon was the first to arrive but passed shortly before we had a chance to hold him. Dean stayed with us for 10 days before going into septic shock and passing on March 15, 2015. Waylon and Dean came into the world at 13 inches long weighing less than 2 lbs. Dean was placed in bed # 13 while in the NICU at St. Mary Hospital and he passed away at 7:33 PM on a Sunday.
The number 13 is a number that was constantly seen during this hard time and still seen today but as 7:33. This led to the number 13 being the number on car I race today.
James decided to finish building the Legend car and race it instead of selling the car. Before they knew it WD Racing was on the move. James decided to group up with March of Dimes and PPROM AWARENESS to spread the word that there are ways to help others and support the cause to prevent PPROM. James started to raise money through fundraisers and other events for March of Dimes, who provides the training on advanced equipment in the NICU and also provides the means for new research to prevent premature births and deaths amongst infants.
We do this for the families who are hurting and the babies that need someone to help their fight. James & Brandy said to us "My boys did not die with their last breath; they gave me life with my next". "There are baby names around our car not only for the world to see but for the families to know that we care and that we want to help them heal". We want families to know that there are others to talk to and ways to keep your child an everyday thought instead of a memory. PPROM on Facebook is a great source to find families that can help each other.
WD Racing will continue to grow and we will continue to help others along the way.
Anyone who would love to sponsor WD Racing to help us maintain their path, as they do work off the track more than we do work on the track. Do get in touch. James & Brandy are looking forward to a bigger and better season in 2016 as WD Racing will help more people around the World and keep the light burning bright.
Currently taking any names of PPROM babies.
To give parents as much information as possible to help make more informed decisions.
Educating and empowering women to understand this condition and the choices available to them should they suffer PPROM.
To offer support to those women throughout their PPROM journeys.
To contribute in the development of professional policies on the improvement of communication skills and bedside manner specifically when dealing with PPROM patients.
To provide hospitals with RCOG literature outlining treatment and choices.
Invest in Specialist Midwives who are trained in PPROM management and related conditions to support women regardless of outcome.