April 29, 2010

Premature triplets to serve as Steeplechase ambassadors

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From left, triplets Gabby, Griff and Gracie Ross are this year's Steeplechase Child Ambassadors. (photo by Susan Urmy)

Premature triplets to serve as Steeplechase ambassadors

Three-year-old triplets Griff, Gabby and Gracie Ross have been named the 2010 Iroquois Steeplechase Child Ambassadors. Born almost 15 weeks prematurely, they were diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a lung disease that affects many premature babies, and have been treated at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Griff was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and has undergone several procedures at Children’s Hospital, including having shunts implanted to regulate cerebral fluid. He receives physical therapy at Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Services.

“Vanderbilt has been a staple in our life since they were born,” said the triplets’ mother, Martha Ross. “We are so lucky to have the Children’s Hospital so close.”

The 69th running of the Iroquois Steeplechase, benefiting Children’s Hospital, will take place on Saturday, May 8, at Percy Warner Park.

Visit http://www.iroquoissteeplechase.org for more information and to purchase tickets.