March of Dimes family highlighted for yearly fundraiser

March of Dimes family highlighted for yearly fundraiser

CHEROKEE COUNTY (KYTX) - This is the 76-th year the march of dimes has faithfully continued it's mission -- to make sure mothers have healthy, full-term babies.The non-profit has funded research on a variety of infant illnesses and conditions -- and saved countless lives.

This year marks the fifth march of dimes "Signature Chefs Auction" fundraiser. Each year for the event -- a March of Dimes family serves as the face of the organization. CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey spoke with the family -- and shares their story.

When one year old twin brothers Easton and Grayson were born three months early just under three pounds, their happy arrival was somewhat overshadowed.

"The first thing that went through my mind was fear of the unknown, and not knowing how sick they would be...It was just an overwhelming sense of fear," said the twins' mom Jennifer Rasberry.

Aside from being born too early, Easton's lungs weren't fully developed.

"Grayson spend 69 days in the NICU, Easton spent 109 days in the NICU," said the boys' day Ben Rasberry.

The twins' parents credit the efforts of the March of Dimes and prayer for helping the boys.

"It's just been amazing to see how well their doing despite their low birth weights and being born prematurely."

Dr. Barbara Huggins serves with the non-profit march of dimes. Huggins said the organization has major impacts on the medical attention mothers and children get everyday.

"Jennifer had a prenatal ultra sound, she took folic acid to prevent spinabifica, when her babies were born they were screened for 30 treatable genetic diseases,they both spent time in the NICU everything i just mentioned has been funded in some way by the march of dimes research, their advocacy or their education," Huggins said.

She said as early at the 1990's children born early and with medical conditions like the twins didn't have great survival chances.

For the Rasberry's, their twins survival, that's a fear they no longer have.

"I don't foresee that they're gonna need any more treatment, they're doing great," said Mrs. Rasberry.


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