Vaulted into the world in critical condition at just 25 weeks gestation, weighing 1 lb. 11oz. and 1 lb. 14 oz. respectively, Grace Michelle and John Russell Thomas (Massapequa) had a rough start to life. Grace spent five months in Neonatal Intensive Care Units undergoing surgery to fix her heart and struggled with respiratory issues and collapsed lungs, which eventually resulted in additional surgeries and the use of a ventilator. Her twin, John, spent three and a half months in the NICU, undergoing life-saving heart surgery at just 10 days old. It wasn’t until his discharge that a profound hearing loss was discovered and his prognosis became uncertain. Today though, John and Grace are typical 2-year-olds. John can hear and understand the world around him and Grace is still the fighter she was since the day she was born. “Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small, and often very sick. Our team is walking in March for Babies because we want to do something about this,” say parents Danielle and Gregg.