Juhls: Ambassador family for March of Dimes walk in May
It's said that lucky things come in groups of three.
The Steve and Lora Juhl family of Lakeside can testify to that statement, as three triplet sisters born nearly four weeks prematurely now lead happy lives chasing the family pet, playing outside and providing their parents and big sister Emma with joy every day.
The Juhls will also be able to share their happy story with others around the Storm Lake area this year, as they have been selected to be the Ambassador Family for the 2003 March of Dimes WalkAmerica event in town. The walk, which helps raise money to assist families with premature babies and for research on the issue, will be held Saturday, May 17, at 9 a.m. after an 8:30 a.m. registration at the Chautauqua Park shelter.
While the majority of babies are born near their due date, about 10 percent of newborns arrive more than three weeks earlier than expected, including the trio of Madalyn, Grace and Lauren Juhl. The triplets were born 2 1/2 years ago after spending only 36 weeks in the womb.
Despite the premature status of their daughters, Steve and Lora said they feel fortunate that the triplets were born as late as they were, as the likelihood of complications such as cerebral palsy, seizures and vision problems decreased each day the babies were allowed to develop inside Lora.
"All along we were told that we would be lucky if we could get to 32 weeks," Lora, the Associate Director of Financial Aid at Buena Vista University, said. "We were fortunate that they were able to stay inside for 36 weeks."
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