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Mike and Shannon Frick were high school sweethearts. They came from big families and planned to have a big family of their own. Their dreams came true when their first son, Owen, was born healthy and plump at over nine pounds.
The next pregnancy, however, was more difficult than anticipated, but after three years of trying they finally heard “YES.” They were ecstatic to learn Shannon was pregnant and with twins!
Shannon recalls that at her 17 week ultrasound excitement turned to concern. The babies were diagnosed with the rare Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, a disease of the placenta that affects identical twin pregnancies. It causes one baby to have greater maternal blood flow than the other.
Shannon’s doctor calmly asked: “How far are you willing to go for your babies?”
“To the ends of the Earth,” Shannon replied.
Within days they boarded an airplane and flew to the Colorado Children’s Hospital in Denver where America’s leading Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome team was ready and waiting for Shannon. After multiple surgeries and specialized treatments the Fricks flew home.
Thirteen weeks later, at 30 weeks of pregnancy, Shannon went into labor and the babies were born.
Edmund was born weighing a half of a pound. He never took a breath.
Liam was 2 ½ pounds. Shannon recalls Liam’s first sounds as the sweetest little cry she had ever heard. He spent over 10 weeks in the NICU, on a ventilator, fighting to live. After many weeks in the hospital, he was finally strong enough to go home.
Through this journey, Shannon and Mike found comfort and hope in the knowledge that many of the treatments Liam had were a result of the research funded by the March of Dimes.
The Fricks are a family in Worcester County that have been impacted by all three issues that the March of Dimes works to prevent: Premature Birth, Birth Defects and Infant Mortality. They volunteer and tell their story so that others may be moved join them.
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Each year we honor local pillars of the community, people who have a deep dedication to improving the quality of life in Central Massachusetts and are shining examples of excellence and fortitude in our community. They partner with us to support our most vulnerable citizens, our babies.
For 2017, we are proud to announce our honorees:
Worcester District Attorney Joe Early, Jr.
Fidelity Bank Chief Executive Officer Ed Manzi
This year we are delighted to recognize two outstanding leaders for their, and their respective organizations, commitment to Worcester. The District Attorney’s Office, with their focus on Opioid abuse reduction, positively impacts the March of Dimes involvement with babies born addicted to illegal substances, and Fidelity Bank, a local institution committed to philanthropy and civic mindedness, makes them a natural selection for this prestigious March of Dimes award.
Signature Chefs events feature local culinary talent who create a selection of fine cuisine for an exclusive audience. Our chefs are artists, innovators and philanthropists, and we look forward to sharing their talents at the event.
The Queen's Cups
Smokestack Urban BBQ
Mezcal, The Fix, The People's Kitchen
Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committee members, we are honored to present this Signature Chefs event. After months of hard work, these volunteers have taken the event to new heights. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team that made this evening possible.
Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, the March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors and leadership teams. They participate in an exclusive dining event while supporting a critical cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for our Signature Chefs events, providing you with brand recognition, civic engagement and an exclusive client entertainment opportunity within the event. We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with the March of Dimes. Please contact Stephen Sycks email@example.com
How we help
The March of Dimes works to end premature birth and other problems that threaten our babies.
We help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. If something goes wrong, we offer
information and comfort to families.
We research the reasons why babies are born too soon or very sick and work on preventions. More