St. Mary’s Medical Center Triplets Named “Baby Ambassadors” by March of Dimes -March for Babies Palm Beach County 
 
Thursday, 17 December 2009 
 
 
Palm Beach County, FL – December 17, 2009 – St. Mary’s Medical Center is proud to announce that triplets Padraíg, Nicholas, and Christopher Mee were recently named “Palm Beach County Baby Ambassadors” by the March of Dimes for its premier Palm Beach County event – March for Babies.

The triplets, each weighing just about three pounds each, were birthed 11 weeks early to parents Christopher and Kathleen Mee on March 2, 2002 at St. Mary’s. Padraíg, Nicholas, and Christopher spent 21 days in St. Mary’s NICU where the boys fought digestive issues, respiratory problems, and even endured blood transfusions and spinal taps.

Additionally, once the triplets were strong enough to leave the NICU they were still monitored by respiratory specialists for several years.

Despite their earlier health challenges, Padraíg, Nicholas, and Christopher are growing into a trio of healthy and happy boys.

“Today, the boys are acting like typical seven-year-olds thanks to March of Dimes research and the skilled doctors and nurses at St. Mary’s,” said Kathleen Mee. “They’re very active and love cub scouts, swimming, golfing and playing with Legos.”

The March for Babies Palm Beach event will be held on April 24, 2010 at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and John Prince Park in Lake Worth. More than 6,000 participants are anticipated to come out to this year’s event.

March for Babies raises funds for the most urgent infant health problems in the United States today – premature birth. It affects more than half a million babies each year, with the number growing every day. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to premature birth and providing comfort and information to those families who are affected.

In Palm Beach County March for Babies is sponsored by corporate partner Publix Super Markets, Inc., Florida Public Utilities, NCCI, Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company, Polen Capital

Management, RBC Bank, Wellington Regional Medical Center, Cigna, Boca Raton Community Hospital, Barbara & Jack Nicklaus, and media sponsors La Palma, Palm Beach Post , WPEC CH 12 and 97.9 WRMF.  National sponsors are Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, Continental Airlines, Famous Footwear, FedEx, Sanofi Paster, First Response and Mission Pharmacal. For information on forming a team or becoming a sponsor please contact Megan Lysaker at 561.684.0102 or visit marchforbabies.org.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies®, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.