The Schultz Family
Our mission story started in 2012.
After 2.5 years of painful and costly fertility surgeries and treatments, we found out the exciting news that we were FINALLY pregnant with our first children, twin boys.
The pregnancy itself went smoothly- no complications or concerns at all, until the start of my 23rd week, when I started to have aches in my lower back. This being my first pregnancy, I figured pregnancy came with aches and pains and simply went on with my day. It was only later, while I sat getting my hair cut, I realized my pains were contractions and something was wrong. I rushed to the doctor, where he told me that I was dilated. I was rushed to Labor & Delivery where in less than 2 hours, my sons, Sawyer & Tristan were born without warning.
They weighed 1lb 6 oz., each and were perfect. The doctors gave Sawyer & Tristan Pulmonary Surfactant to strengthen their lungs and hooked them up to ventilators, to help their premature lungs breathe in the NICU. We were told over and over that a 23-week baby had low chances of survival, but prayed for a miracle.
February 7th, 6 days after they were born, Sawyer & Tristan passed away in our arms in the NICU with our doctors and nurses surrounding us, in love.
Losing Sawyer & Tristan was the most painful moment of our lives, by far… but we consider those 6 days that we were able to study their little features, let them squeeze our finger, change their diapers, sing “The Eyes of Texas” to them and simply, be their parents as the greatest gift we have ever been given.
That gift of 6 days with our sons was only made possible by the research and development of The March of Dimes, and the Surfactant that they developed in 1990.
My husband, Trae and I were blessed by 3 little girls after losing the boys: Twin girls: Lyla & Nixon who have their brother’s names as their middle names and our youngest, Bellamy. We, as a family continue to celebrate the lives of Sawyer & Tristan through our March of Dimes family team, Team “Sawyer & Tristan”.
Now, my gratitude goes out to you all. Thank you for showing up and for helping hundreds of thousands of families who, like us, have been personally affected by the work of March of Dimes.
I truly believe that with your commitment today, and throughout this March for Babies season, we’re getting closer to a world where no parent has to experience what we did.
One day soon we’ll be talking about current statistics like they’re a thing of the past as March of Dimes continues their research mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. We come together for every family—those who’ve had hardships or losses, those who are celebrating their health and those who are just trying to start their families. We can’t wait to see you all at Mueller Lake Park on April 13!