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We knew how lucky we were when we woke up on May 12, 2002, and Jake and Josh were still fighting for their lives in the NICU. Our appreciation grew every day thereafter.
Around February 2005, things were relatively calm enough in our lives that we were ready to give back to society. But how?
Lori heard about the March of Dimes' WalkAmerica event, so we signed up. We knew the March of Dimes name, but we had no idea that it was the organization leading the charge in the fight against prematurity.
We became involved in the newly formed "family team" category of the Walk. Our "Aron Family Team" raised nearly $5,000, making us the top fund-raisers in Dallas for 2005. As a result, we became the co-coordinators of the 2006 Family Teams campaign.
With the help of a poker tournament, we doubled our take to a shade under $10,000, again tops in Dallas for 2006. We raised more than $7,500 in 2007.
Now it's 2008 and the event is known as March for Babies. We have a new job, too -- the co-chairs of the State Family Teams Committee.