The Pennel family of
This year, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary and its ongoing work to help all babies get a healthy start in life. More than 4 million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education,
Leslie and Kelton Pennel were so excited to become parents again when they were told they were having identical twins. They were looking forward to their growing their family. At 19 weeks, Leslie and Kelton were told their twins had TTTS (Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome), which put their babies lives in jeopardy. She delivered Isabella and Addisyn at only 26 weeks, weighing 2.2 pounds, 14 inches and 2 pounds, 13.75 inches. Due to multiple complications, Isabella passed away eight days later. Addisyn remained in the NICU/Intermediate Care at
Today, Addisyn is a vibrant 2 1/2-year-old child; her only setback being
The Pennels are dedicated to making sure other parents don't have to experience what they did and if they do, they want them to know they are not alone and the March of Dimes is there to give support. The Pennel family credits the March of Dimes with helping Addisyn survive by funding research and other programs for premature babies. They want to ask other families to join them in supporting the March for Babies.
Sign up to walk and raise funds at marchforbabies.org, or call 1-800-525-9255.
The prematurity rate has decreased in our state but we have more work to do.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing