TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An east Texas family is saying thank you in a big way to the March of Dimes, who helped save their little boy. March of Dimes is an organization, devoting its energies to help save the lives of premature babies.
Chase Hanner was born 5 weeks premature at a Tyler hospital and had to be flown to an intensive care unit that specializes in premature babies. His family didn't think he would survive.
"We never thought much about the March of Dimes either until Chase was born," said his mother Amber Hanner. "He was pretty sick when he was born. He had respiratory distress syndrome which means he was unable to breath on his own."
But now four years later, Chase is a happy, healthy little boy thanks to intervention by the March of Dimes.
"The March of Dimes had a hand in helping him and helping with equipment, funding equipment, doing research and that sort of thing," said Amber.
"To watch him while he was in the hospital here in Tyler struggle for every breath was hard, we thought we were going to lose him," said Chase's grandfather Bo Richardson.
At Rose Heights church, Chase's family told his story and voiced support for the March of Dimes.
"If you were going to pick a particular charity that's meant the most to my family it would have to be the march of dimes because of what we went through with chase" Richardson says.
In Chase's honor a special offering was taken, not for kids summer camp or church renovations, but for a donation to March of Dimes.
"It's definitely just a sense of appreciation and just thankfulness," said Amber.
Money raised Sunday will be used to pay for the Rose Heights pastor's bail when he is arrested during the March of Dimes annual jail & bail fundraiser.