Savannah Emrich is an active, curious 2-and-a-half year old, and you would never know from watching her play that she weighed less than three pounds when she was born.
"Savannah is doing really well for being born nine weeks early," says Savannah's mom April Emrich.
Savannah was a twin. Her brother Patrick didn't make it -- he died 25 days after he was born. It's something her parents will never get over, but they are so thankful that Savannah is a thriving, healthy little girl.
They say they owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to the March of Dimes and research like this.
"When I was pregnant with the babies, they knew I was going to have the babies premature. Thanks to the March of Dimes, neither one of them needed a respirator," April says.
The Emrich family has taken part in the March of Dimes walk for the past three years, knowing how important it has been to their lives.
Savannah's father, Patrick, says it's something they think about every day.
"Without the March of Dimes, Savannah may not be here," her father Patrick said.
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