Pam & Nicholas Frasco are the proud parents of two boys both born prematurely. Their experience with 31- weeker Sonny (now 7 years old) and 30-weeker Sal (now 4 years old) has given them a passion to connect with and give back to the Preemie & NICU Communities. The Frasco boys collectively spent over 74 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Fairview Hospital, both being born early without warning or pre-existing medical conditions.
The NICU journey was challenging with many long days and emotions that no parent is prepared for. Thanks to the research by the March of Dimes both of their children received a drug called "Survanta" , a lung surfactant that helps lubricate premature lungs so they can expand and collapse until the preemie's body can naturally make a substance that full term babies have in their lungs to perform that function. By being given this drug, it allowed both of our boys to breathe without every needing the assistance of a ventilator.
The Frasco’s passion for the March of Dimes began while their first son Sonny was still in the NICU as they were researching how to help give back to the preemie community. Their annual walk team has continued to grow each year as this mission touches many people in their lives. The Frascos are long-time March of Dimes supporters fundraising over $50,000 for the Cleveland March for Babies walk and have since created a local support group Project Preemie to connect with families in the Cleveland NICU Community.
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