Through the March of Dimes I have met a wonderful set of twins, Jamie and Jianna Romano. Jamie and Jianna were born 14 weeks premature and weighed just 2 ½ lbs. combined. The girls were in Richmond University Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 3 ½ months. They were given only a ten percent chance of survival and were fighting to stay alive. Today, Jamie and Jianna are thriving thanks to the many advances in neonatal research and care that March of Dimes has supported. These girls are a true testament to the March of Dimes. They are now full of life and happiness. I met the girls at my first appearance and then again when I visited PS 53. I was thrilled to be met with their smiling faces on Sunday morning. They give the warmest hugs and I was thrilled that the girls wanted to sit with me on stage during the opening ceremony. Seeing the smile on their little faces when they get to touch and wear the Miss Staten Island crown is what the Miss America Organization truly means to me.
|With Jamie & Jianna|
After leaving the March for Babies I headed over to the Staten Island Hilton to attend Assemblyman Michael Cusick's kickoff breakfast. The speakers all emphasized the importance of always striving for your best and recognizing that even if you meet your goals, you can always do a little better. It was an empowering message that I try to implement in my own life on a daily basis. It was a great way to end such an amazing day.
|With Assemblyman Michael Cusick|
Two National Anthems before 12pm. Great way to start off May!