Teague Family Is March of Dimes Ambassador
For A Charity Event Set For April 13 In Waco
4/4/2013 by BY RACHEL THEISEN
Twin daughters Alleigh and Audrey Roller
The family of Cody and Andrea Roller has been chosen as the ambassador family for the March of Dimes charity event to be held April 13th for the benefit of children born premature or sick. The Rollers became involved with the March of Dimes when their twin girls, born prematurely, were in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.
The 75th Anniversary March of Dimes March for Babies Walk of Waco will be held on Saturday, April 13th. The Roller family will speak and share their story at the walk. Citizens of Teague and Fairfield are invited to attend the walk and support the Rollers and the March of Dimes.
?All support is welcome and appreciated! Anyone is welcome to join our team and walk with us, make donations to our team, or both,? mother Andrea Roller said. ?Without the MOD foundation?s funds for research, our girls might not be the happy and healthy nine month olds we get to love and raise.?
Andrea and Cody Roller?s twin girls were born June 26, 2012, more than 9 weeks premature, during what was initially supposed to be a routine ultrasound and appointment.
?Five hours after my ?routine? appointment, Allison (Alleigh) Claire and Audrey Catherine Roller were born,? Roller said. ?I heard their soft, sweet, meek, little cries and was able to take a quick glance at them before they were rushed to the NICU by their wonderful teams of doctors and nurses.?
The twins experienced many complications during their forty-two day long stay in intensive care.
?They both received surfactant therapy while in NICU, once as soon as they were born and a second time later on,? Roller said. ?They each received several blood transfusions. They had to have multiple head sonograms to check brain bleeds. ?
For the last 25 years, the March of Dimes has been providing the funding and research for surfactant therapy. The Roller twins were released to go home on Wednesday, August 8. The March of Dimes organization was invaluable to the Roller family during their twins? hospitalization.
?Had it not been for the research, funds, and support the March of Dimes network provides, we would never have taken home our twins,? Roller said, ?Therefore the March of Dimes organization is one that is very near and dear to our hearts.?
Teachers at Fairfield High School and Elementary School contributed to the fund by paying to wear jeans on various workdays for the month of March. March of Dimes donation boxes are also located at the registers of local businesses in Teague and Fairfield. Online donations can be made at www.marchforbabies.org/team/t1959752 .
Cody Roller is a 1997 graduate of Fairfield High School. Andrea Roller is a 2002 graduate of Teague High School and the daughter of Debbie Hamilton of Teague. Andrea teaches speech and English at Fairfield High School and Cody works at XTO. The family resides in Teague.
Editor?s Note: The Roller family of Teague will serve as the Ambassador Family for The 2013 March of Dimes March for Babies Walk in Waco on Saturday, April 13th. Cody and Andrea Roller were blessed with twin daughters, which were born on June 26, 2012, nine weeks early. The couple went through a 42-day rollercoaster ride where they experienced many different emotions, and obstacles while their baby girls were in the Neonatal ICU at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco. Big sister Allison (Alleigh) Clair weighed 3 lbs. 12 ounces, 16 inches long and little sister Audrey Catherine Roller weighed 3 lbs 15 ounces and was 17 inches long. Today the couple has two beautiful nine-month-old twin babies. Andrea says that their girls would not be here today if it were not for the March of Dimes organization. She adds they are so grateful to the March of Dimes and all the research and funding work they do to prevent and care for premature babies. ?We are honored and blessed to be chosen as the Ambassador/Spokes Family for the 2013 March of Dimes March for Babies Walk of Waco,? said the proud mother.