Twin to Twin Transfusion Walk Held in Austintown

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The Austintown community gathered on Sunday to bring awareness to a disease that affects identical twins.

The walk at Austintown Township Park benefited the Paul and William Lewis Foundation.  The non-profit gives support to families dealing with Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome.

The disease affects one out of five identical twin pregnancies, where the babies share the same placenta. The syndrome gives more blood and nutrients to one twin than it does the other.

In some cases, one or both of the babies die, but there are some cases where both babies live.

Organizers said Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome claims as many babies each year as SIDS.

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