2017 Ambassador Luka Corrales
Lauren Corrales knew she needed to go to her doctor when at 27 weeks of pregnancy, she started having dizzy spells and abdominal pain. Luckily for the Corrales family, Lauren was diagnosed with preeclampsia in time to be monitored on bed rest until 32 weeks and 6 days, when she developed the advanced stages of the condition that required hospitalization.
Lauren and her husband Gino Corrales welcomed baby boy Luka Eduardo Corrales into the world, 7 weeks early, on August 25, 2013. Luka’s early arrival was anticipated and he was immediately take to neonatal intensive care (NICU) at Children’s Hospital of Illinois, where he stayed for 22 days. Today, Luka is a happy, healthy 3-year old who loves playing soccer and reading stories. The Corraleses, Lauren, Gino and Luka, love enjoying the outdoors, watching sports, exercising and traveling together as a family of three. They are so grateful to the doctors and nurses in NICU and to the March of Dimes for the support for their preemie baby!