ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - A tenth birthday is a big milestone for any child. But for the Weaver family in Zionsville, 10 years marks a new chapter of survival.
Jack and Andrew Weaver are identical twins. They turned 10 years old in February.
By looking at them today, one would never know they had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and a birthday that came too early. Their parents said it took a team of doctors and a whole lot of prayers to ensure just one more day.
Eventually, they gained strength and size. Today, they’re completely caught up with their peers, and in some cases, ahead.
The Weavers don’t take any of it for granted. For the past decade, they’ve made it their mission to raise money for other premature babies who will benefit from future research.
"We don't want to forget. We have two very healthy boys today, but it didn't start out that way. There are a lot of parents who don't have their babies or are struggling with the side effects of prematurity today," LoraLee Weaver said. "Our twins Jack and Andrew turned 10 in February so we're obviously excited for that -- and we decided to raise the goal significantly to $10,000."