March of Dimes March for Babies Ambassador Family

By AMNW Intern

The Mandzij Family joined us to talk about how March of Dimes has helped them have two healthy child, despite complications.

Katie Mandzij had a textbook pregnancy—until she developed HELLP syndrome two months before her due date. When Tanner Mandzij was born on September 7, 2004, exactly 8 weeks early, it was the scariest and happiest day of Katie and Jeff Mandzij’s lives. Tanner was 3 pounds 13 ounces and only able to see his mother for a brief moment the day he was born. Tanner needed surfactant to help his under-developed lungs breathe. Thanks to March of Dimes funded research, this was available.

On August 15, 2009, after Katie received steroid shots days before to speed fetal development, Katie and Jeff’s second son was born. Urijah came six weeks too soon and weighed 4 pounds 9 ounces. At ages 6 and 1, both boys are happy and healthy. 2011 greater Oregon March of Dimes Chapter Ambassadors. 

The Mandzijs encourage you to support March for Dimes by taking part in March for Babies. It takes place on April 30 at 9:00am at locations in Portland, Salem and Vancouver.  To find out more, visit the March of Dimes website. 


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