Nina Centofanti is seven-years-old and she is the 2013 National Ambassador for the March of Dimes.
Nine weeks premature, Nina was born at just two pounds, fifteen ounces. She is happy and healthy now, and as Ambassador, Nina and her family travel the country on behalf of the March Of Dimes. Nina was in Cleveland today at Metro Health Medical Center touring the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, it wasn't very long ago she was in a similar NICU struggling to survive.
"I was small, now I am doing great," Nina said as she looked, in amazement, at the premature babies at Metro.
The March of Dimes is in their 75th year, and their work, Laurie Meadows, of the March of Dimes says, helps every baby born in this country, "Last year more than four million babies were born in the United States and each and every one of them were touched by the March of Dimes through advancements, research and vaccines."
Nina spent five weeks in the NICU as her organs continued to develop. "She's fantastic, she's developmentally on track, she's doing great in school, she loves dance and athletics and she's just amazing," said her dad, Vince Centofanti.
Ironically, Nina's mom, Chris worked for fourteen years in a NICU before Nina was born. "I was a scared, terrified parent. Obviously having a lot of knowledge behind me, made me more terrified, I knew every complication that could happen," she said.
Nina survived and thrived and that's the simple reason this family says they are so committed to the March of Dimes and their work.
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