Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker was 39 weeks pregnant when diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She gave birth to her son prematurely a week later via emergency c-section and started chemotherapy immediately. Allison was cured and is cancer-free after 6 years. But her dreams of giving her son a sibling was shattered when the doctors denied the possibility. The doctors said her cancer was hormone positive and might resurface with pregnancy.
This is when Allison’s twin sister Dawn Ardolino Policastro volunteered to be Allison’s gestational surrogate. Dawn carried Allison’s baby and gave birth to a healthy boy named Hudson on august 5th. Allison touched an overwhelmed, expressed ger gratitude to Dawn on Facebook. Dawn 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?” Allison 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 recalls Dawn being by her side when the doctors had broken the news that if Allison survived cancer it would be at the cost of never being pregnant again. “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.”
Dawn says she was more than happy to help and support her sister. “When Allison was diagnosed at such a young age and at a time in her life when she was the happiest, it was simply devastating,” said Dawn.
Dawn went on to say that the twin sisters did not have identical personalities. “Allison is shyer, I am more outgoing,” Dawn said, adding, “We have always said I have been her spokesperson. I do most of the talking for both of us.”
Allison couldn’t stop her emotions and gushed out words of love and gratitude for her twin sister. “Although biologically this child will be made up of the two of us, we certainly hope that the strength, selflessness, and power you have shown are traits that he takes from you during his life,” she wrote. “Not many people have the ability to make someone else’s dream come true. But you have done so, and with extraordinary thoughtfulness openness and sensitivity.”