November, prematurity awareness month, is just around the corner, and one local family knows just how important the research supported by the March of Dimes foundation is in saving babies.
Meet Ramsey. He's an energetic three year old, and his mom says it's hard to believe he was once this small. Ramsey was delivered at 26 weeks, weighing 2 lbs and 2 oz., an early delivery with no warning signs.
"I said he's so tiny, and the doctor said, we've seen much tinier. I was like, that's it. He's gonna be fine. He's gonna be fine. Whatever obstacles or issues he may have, we're going to overcome because this is the biggest right here," said Ramsey's mother and March of Dimes Ambassador Family member Marissa Butler.
Right away, Butler was given the surfactant steroid created by the March of Dimes to help his lungs develop.
"Truly, that is why Ramsey didn't have to be on a ventilator but for the first few hours," said Butler.
The help from the foundation came not only through technology, but through people.
"Other parents who had been through that, and had been in the NICU, came and visited us," said Butler.
The March of Dimes' impact on Butler began long before she even knew.
"To take my prenatal vitamins... to make sure my folic acid intake was increased, and fish oil, and calcium and all those things that are so important, and vitamin D to a developing baby, so they really had already stepped in and I didn't even know it," said Butler.
Ramsey arrived home just before Christmas after 14 weeks in hospitals. Now, he walks in the annual March for Babies every year.
"You know, at first it was Ramsey's stroll, and now it's Ramsey walking. His little bitty tiny medical bracelets, and his little bitty tiny diapers from the very beginning, but we also are going to have beautiful little March of Dimes embroidered blankets that were given to us in the hospital and things like that that are going to continue to put that organization and everything they helped us to accomplish and helped Ramsey to accomplish... we're going to have that forever," said Butler.
You can help the March of Dimes Foundation by attending their upcoming Signature Chef's Auction at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green at 6pm on Nov. 7. For more information on the event, visit the link below.