“March of Dimes” changes life for one local family

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Since 1938, “March of Dimes” has been an advocate for raising awareness and researching the cause of premature births.

The foundation focuses on preventing birth defects as well as educating the public on how to achieve a healthy pregnancy.

The foundation’s goal is “to fight to save babies” and this foundation changed the life of one local family.

Three years ago time stopped for Amanda Gomez and her husband Frank as they went through a difficult time in their lives.

“We experienced a still birth little girl at about 23 weeks she had Turner Syndrome,” said Amanda Gomez.

“When it all happened, it kind of all happened at once…it was a lot to take in,” her husband Frank Gomez stated.

After losing their first little girl, life seemed to spiral downward as they lost two more babies shortly after.

“It was hard, we struggled quite a bit,” Amanda said.

For Frank, the pain felt…overwhelming.

“As the head of the household you feel like you’re just helpless, you feel like you know there’s anything you can possibly help you know you do that for your family and unfortunately with this situation, there’s just nothing you can do,” he added.

But just when life felt hopeless for the Gomez family…there was proof that miracles do happen.

“We have Arabella whose two and Aviana whose 5 months,” Amanda stated.

It wasn’t easy for Amanda and Frank to stay optimistic after losing 3 babies during pregnancy, but when introduced to “March of Dimes,” it gave them the strength they were lacking.

“When we met “March of Dimes” and Sheri and the local moms who are amazing who have been in similar situations whether it’s prematurity or loss, it gave us that connection and that reference and that support really,” said Amanda.

Even Frank added saying “they’ve you know, they’ve definitely been a huge impact in our life.”

Amanda, who is now an ambassador for “March of Dimes” feels at the end of the day hope will conquer all.

“We experienced two losses and one other complication and we have two beautiful girls now and I never thought that would happen and so we’re just lucky enough to wake up to our little miracles everyday but I just want to give even one mom hope that it will happen,” said Amanda.

Hope that she once struggled with finding, but now has the strength to share with others.

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