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      2-year-old old born as preemie donates $1,500 to March of Dimes

      2-year-old Savannah Daniels makes donation to March of Dimes

      A 2-year-old Lee Center girl is learning early on in life how to help others.

      Savannah Daniels presented a check for $1,587.42 to the Central New York March of Dimes. She was a preemie herself, born two months early and weighing only 3 lbs. 6 ounces. "Physically and mentally I went through so much carrying her," said Kristen Daniels, Savannah's mother. "But I loved every minute. I think all babies are miracles. She's just my miracle."

      Savannah survived her early birth and has continued to thrive. Many other babies aren't as lucky. They simply don't have the lung capacity or strength to breathe on their own. "I owe the life of my little girl to the March of Dimes research and medical advancements" said Marc Daniels, Savannah's father.

      Every year, 1 in 9 babies are born premature in the United States.

      Savannah's father who is a co-owner of Dan's Auto Service in Taberg came up with the idea of the "Brakes for Babies" fundraiser for the March of Dimes. The company donated 10 percent of proceeds to the effort in honor of his daughter. "As she celebrates her 2nd birthday, I'm satisfied I've finally found a way to give back and hopefully make a difference in other family's lives, just like others did for us through their donations."