Turnersville Tattoo Shop Holds Fundraiser for March of Dimes Team

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TURNERSVILLE, N.J. -

Lucy Cramer is one of almost 15 million babies that are born prematurely every year.

According to the World Health Organization, that number is rising.

Lucy's mother, Nikki Cramer, had no warning. She thought that she and her baby were both perfectly healthy until she needed to go into emergency labor at 32 weeks due to her high blood pressure, also medically known as hypertension.

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At that time, Lucy's stomach was only functioning at two percent.

“While I was in labor, they were talking about these steroid shots I was gonna receive," said Nikki. "A lot of the research done for them is through March of Dimes. With March of Dimes, for me, the steroids help developed Lucy’s lungs before she would actually develop them. At 32 weeks, her lungs are the last thing at 36 weeks. I had three shots and she was able to breathe on her own."

Lucy has continued to grow into the healthy and happy three year old she is today and her parents say that they couldn't be luckier.

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Nikki and Lee Cramer wanted to share their family's story so others would recognize how common and unpredictable having a premature baby actually is. They said they believe every baby deserves the best possible chance and March of Dimes can make that difference.

“I pick March of Dimes because for them, they’re doing something great to help women not experience it," said Nikki. "There’s nothing worse than not knowing. Just educating people. Like, it could happen to you. There are no warning signs. They really couldn’t tell me why. Within 24 hours, my blood pressure was perfect and I never needed any medicine again."

Cardinal Tattoo, the tattoo shop Lee co-owns hosted their third annual tattoo fundraiser for their March of Dimes team called Team Lucy Lou. In their first two years combined, they were able to raise almost $2,500 to go towards March of Dimes. This year alone they were able to raise just about that same amount with the help of the shop artists, friends, and family.

If you'd like to donate, go to MarchForBabies.org/TeamLucyLou.

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