Sat in the oncologist’s office, pregnant Allison Ardikubi Dinkelacker was told she had breast cancer, and if she survived the pregnancy she’d never have another child. But luckily for Allison, her identical twin sister Dawn Ardolino Policastro was sat right next to her and didn’t miss a beat. “It doesn’t matter because I am going to carry their child,” she said.
That was back in 2009 when Allison was 30 weeks pregnant with her first child Dylan. She was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and had to start chemotherapy right away. Luckily, she was able to deliver Dylan through an emergency C-section at 31 weeks, but because hormones brought on her cancer she knew she could never get pregnant again.
Now, 6 years later, Allison has written a heartfelt open letter, thanking her sister for giving birth to her longed for second child. Dawn carried Allison’s baby and gave birth to a healthy boy named Hudson William on 5 August, weighing 8lb 13oz.
“How can we begin to thank you for the tremendous generosity and sacrifice you have so willingly bestowed these last few months? You have given us not just the fulfillment of a wish we’ve had for the last 6 years, but a whole new life, and a family of 4 we thought we’d never have,” Allison wrote in a Facebook post alongside pictures of the two sisters together.”
The identical twins are incredibly close and live just three blocks from each other with their respective families. Dawn had two boys of her own, Jake, 7, and Ashton, 3, before becoming surrogate mum to her nephew Hudson.
“When most people would have given up during the struggles we endured, you just pushed through it all,” Allison wrote. “I have said this before, but I have to say it again. Dawn, you amaze me! You are my hero and I have never been more proud of you. You deserve a medal of courage, of compassion, and of selflessness.”