In North Carolina this year, more than 1,000 babies will die before their first birthday. This is about the same as 40 empty kindergarten classes. The 2011 March for Babies event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Franklin Memorial Park.
Dr. Dan Brigman will be the 2011 Macon County Honorary Chairperson. Dr. Brigman has been the Macon County School’s Superintendent since 2006. According to Jennifer Hollifield, Macon County’s Chairperson, “We are very pleased to have Dr. Brigman as our Honorary Chairperson. He has been involved with the local March of Dimes efforts for several years by participating in the Jail-N-Bail events.”
The 2011 Macon County Ambassador family is Tony and Melanie Allen and their sons, Logan and Alex. The identical twins were born February 29, 2008, four months too early. At birth, Alex weighed 1 pound, 4 ounces, and Logan weighed 1 pound, 6 ounces. Each was a little longer than 12 inches at birth. Logan spent 101 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mission Hospital while Alex spent the first 468 days of his life in hospitals (Mission’s NICU, Chapel Hill’s NICU, Duke’s Pediatric Unit and Mission’s Pediatric Unit.). Unfortunately, Alex has been left completely blind in both eyes from Retinopathy of Prematurity, along with other health complications.
The hardships and joys of these babies’ journey is a remarkable story.
They are both living proof of miracles. Their futures still hold some uncertainty but with the love and support of family and friends, they will not make it alone. Logan and Alex are full of energy and keep mom and dad very busy. Yet, mom and dad would not want it any other way.
To learn more about the March of Dimes and how you can help, you are invited to the 2011 March for Babies Kickoff event, which will be held on Monday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the videoconference room at Angel Medical Center. Returning and new teams are invited to attend and pick up materials for the walk. Call Jennifer Hollifield at (828)349-2439 to register for the kickoff.