to support families affected by
for Ava & Emma
Our annual 5K in beautiful Melrose, MA. This is a wonderful community and family event to look forward to each year, all the while raising money for the Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) Foundation. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, April 14!
Hi there. My name is Andrea, and I'd like to welcome you to our website.
In March of 2017, I was diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (also known as TTTS). TTTS is a condition in which the blood flows unequally between twins that share a placenta (monochorionic twins). Without intervention, TTTS can be fatal for both babies. TTTS is very uncommon, and occurs in about 10 to 15 percent of monochorionic, diamniotic (two amniotic sacs) twins. Every mother of twins sharing a placenta should be aware of the possibility of TTTS because they need to be followed more closely during the pregnancy.
TTTS can cause a host of problems, such as preterm labor, heart and respiratory failure and other birth defects. On April 17, 2017, we prematurely gave birth to two beautiful twin girls, Ava Rose and Emma Linn. Sadly, they both passed away a few hours later due to complications from TTTS, and our lives would never be the same.
We then got in touch with the TTTS Foundation, a wonderful, life-saving organization that offers support, resources and often financial assistance for families in need. We were so grateful to know we weren't alone in this fight.
As proud Melrose, MA residents, my husband Michael and I want nothing more than to keep our daughters’ memory alive and to make a difference in our community by helping to spread awareness of TTTS and offer support to those struggling with this disease. There are over 40 diagnoses of TTTS every month; many families don’t even know where to start when they learn they have this condition. With your support, we can help make a difference in the lives of families who are carrying twins and higher multiples through our 5K charity race, which will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2019. All proceeds raised will go directly to the TTTS Foundation.
You can learn more by visiting: www.tttsfoundation.org.
My video is part of the TTTS Foundation 31 days, 31 stories in December for International TTTS Awareness Month.
See more stories on the Foundation's Facebook Page here
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Our 5K walk/run will have a $25 registration fee which will go toward our fundraising goal. Don't want to register but would still like to donate? Additional donations are most welcome at any time - just click below!
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Parking & Bib Pick-Up at Registration
Online registration is CLOSED!
Same day registration will be $35 (CASH ONLY)
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Runners gather! Don't forget to purchase your tickets and enter yourselves into the Love Blooms Raffle and/or Silent Auction!
LOVE BLOOMS 5K BEGINS!!
Prizes will be awarded to our Top 3 Male and Top 3 Female runners, Top Kid (Under 18, Male & Female), and Top Stroller !
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Post-run family fun including ROXY's Grilled Cheese Food Truck, arts and crafts, face painting, and musical entertainment will be provided. We'll also have lots of raffle prizes and a silent auction, so make sure to stick around after the race (bring $$$ and your appetite)!
Contact Andrea to learn more about the event, get information about becoming a sponsor, ask a question about TTTS or anything else!