Meet Aidan Lamothe, our 2014 National Ambassador
- Ordinary families doing extraordinary things to help babies
- People sharing their story across the country to raise awareness
- Volunteers showing others why it is so important to get involved
Leaving the hospital without my baby was the hardest thing I've ever had to do," says mom, Jill. "I'll never forget that empty feeling." Aidan Lamothe was born 12 weeks early, weighing just 3 lbs., and his parents still don't know why he came too soon. Jill and her husband, Dave, were thrust into the frightening world of the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) where Aidan spent 7 weeks.
Seeking local resources and a way to give back, Jill and Dave connected with the March of Dimes chapter in Manchester, N.H., and have been volunteering since Aidan was a baby. When he was 4 years old, he met a March of Dimes ambassador child and decided he wanted to volunteer, too. He wanted to tell his story to help other kids. Even as a very young child, he understood how serious it is to be born prematurely. He and his family visit the NICU every year on his birthday, to honor the doctors and nurses who saved his life. Aidan, and so many other premature babies, wouldn’t have survived without specialized treatment in the NICU, developed in part by research funded by the March of Dimes.
Today, Aidan is an adventurous 6-year-old who loves playing baseball, playing the piano and doing gymnastics. He's so proud to serve as the 2014 National Ambassador and is traveling the country with his parents to share his story and help raise funds and awareness of premature birth. Check out his Facebook page.
United Airlines is the Official Airline Sponsor of the 2014 National Ambassador Program.