Naya Jane Manalo was born in July 2011. She was born healthy but contracted sepsis when a bowel obstruction was missed by her birth hospital and pediatrician. She spent 7 weeks in the NICU until she succumbed to her illness in September 2011. After Naya passed away, her family began raising money for the March of Dimes in order to help educate medical professionals about the affects of negligence and to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening to another family. Their team, Naya's Papayas has been one of the top fundraising teams for the March of Dimes for the last two years. This year, Naya's parents decided to run the Hollywood Half Marathon as part of their fundraising efforts. They decided on this race in particular because the course passes by the hospital where Naya passed away. They know this would make her proud and thank you for your support.