Area chefs create delicacies to help life’s littlest


A culinary experience who’s goal is to help all babies be born healthy is coming next week.

The March of Dimes Annual Signature Chef Auction and Dinner will be held next Monday, November 21.
Area chefs will present their delicacies.
All money raised helps  fund research aimed at tackling the leading cause of newborn death — prematurity.
This year’s ambassador teen – Jacob Feathers –  began life too early and received life-saving treatments.

At 28 weeks, on February 22, 2000 Jacob was born weighing 1 pound, 7 ounces and was only 12 inches.

“When Jacob came out, he was breathing on his own, and he was doing wonderful for the first couple of hours,” as Mom Christy recalls.

He was on a C-pap machine to help his breathing when one of his lungs collapsed. He was immediately placed on a ventilator and received several treatments of surfactant to help expand his undeveloped lungs.  

“With surfactant, with Jacob, it developed his lungs enough to to live I mean, ” says Christy.

Surfactant was developed through research funded by the March of Dimes.

Finally, after 2 months Jacob was able to go home and be with his family.

Jacob’s dad Joe remembers that time 16 years later.  “Oh I’m very thankful.  I mean every day’s a miracle.”

Today, Jacob is a healthy and loving 16 year old teen who continues to strive hard to keep up with everyone.

There’s much more to Jacob’s story — to hear and meet Jacob join us at the 16th Annual Signature Chef’s Auction next Monday, at the Blair County Convention Center.  It starts at 5 p.m. and tickets are $75.   

As WTAJ’s Carolyn Donaldson adds, “It’s another one of my favorite causes and one that I am proud to have emceed and been on the committee for all of it’s 16 years.”

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