March of Dimes Names Central Connecticut Ambassador
Leigh-Anne Lefurge, March of Dimes, (860) 815-9353, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Britain, CT, February 10, 2014
On Sunday, May 4, hundreds from the New Britain area will gather for March for Babies at Walnut Hill Park to benefit the March of Dimes. Leading the festivities will be the event’s 2014 Ambassadors, Steve and Sara Nizzardo of Plymouth, along with their 23 month-old twins, Justin and Nathan (born prematurely) and their little sister, Megan. They will share the twins’ incredible story of survival, and thank walkers for their commitment to the March of Dimes mission to give all babies a healthy start.
Sara was experiencing a healthy pregnancy, when 10 weeks from her due date, she suffered a placental abruption (a separation of the placenta from the uterine lining). Justin and Nathan were born weighing 3 pound 2 ounces, and 2 pounds 8 ounces respectively. To help mature their underdeveloped lungs, he twins received surfactant, a therapy developed with help from March of Dimes grantees. They ultimately spent nine weeks in the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Hartford Hospital.
“The NICU stay was scary, long and frustrating. We had no idea how long we’d be there, if the boys would come home together. We were told so many times they were coming home, only to have another spell to set us back,” said Sara. “We had so much support from family and friends, and everyone there at the hospital, which got us through it. We’d go every day and cry every night we had to leave them there. We were somehow one of the lucky ones with no lasting effects.”
Today, Justin and Nathan are happy and healthy and the family looks forward to celebrating their second birthday in March. The family also welcomed a new addition in October 2013, little sister Megan. Megan was born full-term and weighed 8 pounds 12 ounces. Sara was monitored very closely during her pregnancy and received weekly progesterone shots to help prevent early labor.
March for Babies participants can meet the Nizzardo’s and hear their story at March for Babies at Walnut Hill Park on Sunday, May 4. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with the walk kicking off at 10:00 a.m. To register visit marchforbabies.org/event/centralct or marchofdimes.org/ct.
“We hope someday that premature birth won’t be so common. We know too many people who were born too soon. That is why we support the March of Dimes, to promote awareness and raise funds for research,” said Sara.
Central Connecticut March for Babies is sponsored locally by Stanley Black & Decker, Rich Products, and The Hospital of Central Connecticut and is supported by statewide sponsors, NBC Connecticut and Comcast. March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy’s, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, and United Airlines.
For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.