It seems everyone connected to the cause has a very personal story.READ MORE: Brooklyn Couple Hospitalized After Stabbing In Bushwick, Police Investigating
Pam Lookatch, Bryan Lookatch and their 10-year-old daughter, Emma, joined CBS2’s Diane Macedo in-studio to share theirs.
“Emma was born on Jan. 28, 2005 — 10 years ago — at 1 pound, 7 ounces, 12 inches long and micro-preemie at the time,” Pam said.
Pam was pregnant for 28 weeks when she gave birth to Emma.
The mother said that thanks to the March of Dimes, Emma was given shots to help open her lungs.READ MORE: Senate Moves Forward With Stimulus Bill Marathon After Nearly 12 Hour Stalemate
“Her breathing was good, but she was super small and just needed to grow in the NICU and not get sick,” Pam said. “Unfortunately, she did get sick in the NICU, and we had a six-month stay, which was a very extended stay, which really every day was a painful journey.”
The March of Dimes’ March for Babies steps off Sunday at Lincoln Center to raise money for research and treatment with the goal of stronger, healthier babies. Emma serves as an ambassador for the fundraiser.
“It’s a wondeful cause, first and foresmost,” Bryan Lookatch said. “As we tell our friends, we’ve really seen where the proceeds go.
“When you kind of live through the benefits of a cause like that, it becomes much more impactful to you. And it’s really become, for us, a family celebration every year in April of Emma’s toughness and her perserverance.”MORE NEWS: New York Weather: CBS2’s 3/6 Saturday Morning Forecast
For more information on the March for Babies, visit MarchForBabies.org.