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20 Jan

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

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