Family Asks Community To March For Healthier Babies

April 21, 2011 Updated Apr 21, 2011 at 8:41 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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April 21, 2011 Updated Apr 21, 2011 at 8:41 PM EDT

Renee Messecar was living every mothers dream.

"I was pregnant and found out I was having twins, so excited," Messecar said.

That dream turned into her worst fear, when her daughters Karlyn and Kaitlyn were born much too early.

"They had an early start at 24 weeks. We had some reference tell us that if they made it they could have 80 percent chance of developmental issues," Massecar

Karlyn was only one pound five ounces.

"Her thigh was smaller than my pinky," Messecar said.

Kaitlyn was even smaller. Messecar said the staff at Women's and Children Hospital did everything possible to help her little girls.

"With everything that was done unfortunately I had to inform, our other daughter Kaitlyn didn't make it," Messecar said.

With the help of the hospital and funds from the March of Dimes, a non-profit that helps premature babies, Karlyn grew strong and is now a vibrant little girl.

"Thank God for all the medical advances because without all the medical advances, I don't know if we would have Karlyn right now. We're very thankful for the March of Dimes and it's very important us. We wanted to share our story even though it's hard. We want people to see how many people need help and how you can raise funds," Messecar said.

Now, Messecar, Karlyn and their entire family are walking in the March of Dimes "March for Babies" here in Buffalo on Sunday, March first.

"She's our little guardian angel and that's why it's so important to us and that's why we decide to be the family ambassador for the March of Dimes," Messecar said.

Karlyn is now living a healthy life but it wasn't easy getting to this point. Messecar said her daughter's name says it all.

"It means little champion," Karlyn said.

Karlyn has one message for all of the Western New York community.

"Come be champion for babies," Karlyn said.

The walk will take place Sunday, May 1st. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and the walk will start at 11 a.m. It starts at Delaware Park's Marcy Casino. Organizers said you do not have to pre-register. All the money raised will go back to Women's and Children's Hospital.