Marty and Lora Lee Weaver spent a lot of time at St.Vincent Women’s Hospital nine years ago. Their twin boys, Jack and Andre, were born at 28 ½ weeks and spent weeks in the NICU. The twins were diagnosed with twin to twin transfusion syndrome and Lora Lee was in and out of the hospital for 8 ½ weeks before that. During their NICU stay, they met another couple who had a baby at 24 weeks and became fast friends. “They invited us to join them for the March of Dimes March for Babies, and we’ve done it together every year since,” said Lora Lee. Last year, the Weavers’ team—The Weaver Boys and a Little Lady—was a top fundraising team for the walk. They raised more than $6,000 through donations from friends and family. Every year, the March of Dimes recognizes top fundraisers by allowing them to donate an infant swing to a NICU of their choice. The Weavers’ choice was easy: the St.Vincent Women’s Hospital NICU.
Last year, the 5,500 participants in the walks in Indianapolis and Hendricks and Hamilton counties raised a combined $400,000. This year’s Indianapolis walk is May 11. For more information visit marchofdimes.com/Indiana.
Jack and Andre will celebrate their ninth birthday Feb. 9. The Weavers’ choice was easy: the St.Vincent Women’s Hospital NICU. Their third son, Elijah, and daughter, Julia were also born at St.Vincent Women’s Hospital; both were premature and both spent time in the NICU. “They did such a great job with all of our children, it’s nice to be able to give something back,” said Lora Lee.