The Touching Story That Made These Twins’ Pregnancy Photos Go Viral
When Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker was 39 weeks pregnant in 2009, she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She had to give birth to her son Dylan via emergency C-section one week later and immediately start chemotherapy.
Six years later, Allison is cancer-free, and although the mom wanted to give her son a younger sibling, doctors told her she would not be able to carry another child because her cancer was hormone-positive. Enter her twin sister and gestational surrogate, Dawn Ardolino Policastro.
Dawn carried Allison’s baby and gave birth to a healthy boy named Hudson on August 5, maternity photographer Allison Rose wrote on Facebook, where the twins’ story and pictures went viral this week.
In a touching note the new mom posted on Facebook, she expressed her overwhelming gratitude to Dawn, who has two sons of her own. “How can we begin to thank you for the tremendous generosity and sacrifice you have so willingly bestowed these last few months?” she wrote. “You have given us not just the fulfillment of a wish we’ve had for the last six years, but a whole new life, and a family of four we thought we’d never have.”
Allison said her sister was by her side in the oncologist’s office years ago when he told her that if she survived the cancer, she would never be able to carry another baby. “Well before he even finished his sentence, Dawn jumped in and said it doesn’t matter because I am going to carry their child,” she wrote. Addressing her sister, she added, “You kept that promise through all the devastating highs and lows, but throughout it all, you have been constant in your optimism, support and loving care for us.”