VALPARAISO | Parents Mark and Kara Nestorovich have recounted the story of the birth of their son hundreds of times. It is a story they are happy to repeat so often because it has a great ending.
But when Luke was born, they were not sure that would be the case. Born 15 weeks too soon, Luke spent four months in the hospital struggling to survive.The Nestorovich family says they are lucky; their son did survive. And today, Luke thrives.
Mark and Kara realize how research helped Luke make it through his first few months of life. And they know that the March of Dimes funding supported much of the research that saved his life.
This year with their 5-year-old son, the Nestorovich family became the 2014 Ambassador Family for the Porter County March for Babies event so they could share their story and help the March of Dimes raise awareness and funds to help children like their son.
Each year, more than 11,000 newborns in Indiana – half a million babies nationally—are born prematurely, and more than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects, according to the March of Dimes.
March for Babies is held in 900 communities across the country including Valparaiso and involves more than 7 million people each year. In Valparaiso, March for Babies will take place at 9 a.m. Sunday at Old Fairgrounds Park, 704 McCord Road.
Area residents are encouraged to register and raise funds for lifesaving research and educational programs at marchforbabies.org.
“We ask all families to join our family as a team at March for Babies,” said Kara Nestorovich. “Join our team or start your own by visiting marchforbabies.org. There you can register and start raising awareness and funds so babies that need help can survive and thrive.”
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.