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Meet Kieran, 2012 March of Dimes National Ambassador!

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The Wittstrucks on the set of Fox & Friends with fellow March of Dimes Volunteer Gretchen Carlson

The Wittstrucks on the set of Fox & Friends with fellow March of Dimes Volunteer Gretchen Carlson

The March of Dimes National Ambassador is one of the most beloved volunteers of our organization. Each year a child is chosen to serve as a volunteer for 1 full year with his or her family members. Today we are honored to share that our 2012 National Ambassador will be 5 year old Kieran Wittstruck from right outside of Seattle, Washington. Here is a little bit about their story:

“My husband, Shane, and I never once thought of pregnancy as a life-or-death event,” Shalini Wittstruck recalls. “Then one day our lives and all our expectations changed.”

Their son, Kieran, was born at 31 weeks, weighing just 3 lbs., 1 oz. He spent the first months of his life in the newborn intensive care unit (NIUC), battling anemia, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia, a heart murmur and a brain cyst. With medical advances supported by the March of Dimes, Kieran pulled through.

Now 5 years old, Kieran still flips expectations on their head. Outside his home near Seattle, he likes to ride his bike and swim. He also is a budding mechanical engineer and is always working on his next great invention. And if that wasn’t enough, he even runs his own cat spy agency: MEOWS!

From his difficult start to the creative kindergartner he is today, Kieran’s story is a happy one. “We are thankful every day for how far he has come,” says Shane.

“I didn’t think premature birth could happen to me, but it did.” says Shalini, who has served as co-chair for the Cigna March for Babies (R) team in Seattle since 2007. “We need the March of Dimes to make sure it won’t happen to you.”

As the 2012 March of Dimes National Ambassador, Kieran will travel the country with his parents, sharing his story and raising awareness. You can see Kieran and his family on the set of Fox and Friends from a visit this week, and watch their story here: 



Visit Kieran’s blog to keep up with his travels through the year at kieranstravels.marchofdimes.com.

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Meet Kieran, 2012 March of Dimes National Ambassador!

Comment by Abigail Emerson , Smith — January 21, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

oh my gosh! :(
i feel so bad for these innicent little babies that are working there hardest to stay alive and make it through any obstacles that come at them.

Meet Kieran, 2012 March of Dimes National Ambassador!

Comment by Kathy Marks — January 22, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

Your story is truly amazing ! Thanks so much for sharing.

Meet Kieran, 2012 March of Dimes National Ambassador!

Comment by Syeda Cooper — January 30, 2012 @ 11:50 am

I love this story. I hate how the babies are fighting for their life. They have to fight for their life before they even do the very first thing that makes their mom and dad happy. They have no choice but to fight. Giving up is not an answer it is not even an option. I want all babies to be able to live normal life like everyone else. I give credit to the moms and dads sticking it out. And I give the children all my love and strength because I want them to be healthy so I am going to help.

Meet Kieran, 2012 March of Dimes National Ambassador!

Comment by Angela and Gianna — March 17, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

Hi Kieran. It was very nice meeting you and your family on Friday. You are doing such a wonderful job sharing your story and helping others understand why this mission is so important. We are so grateful that we got to meet you and hear your story in person. Gianna says to tell you that she had a lot of fun playing with you. We wish you all the best while you continue your very important travels. We hope you have an amazing birthday. Thank You to you and your family for all you do.

Meet Kieran, 2012 March of Dimes National Ambassador!

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