A Long Island woman gave birth to a baby for her twin sister after she found out she can no longer get pregnant

By Jessica Fecteau
Updated August 14, 2015 04:00 PM
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Credit: Allison Maffettone of Allison Rose Photography

When Dawn Ardolino Policastro found out her twin sister Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker was unable to have a second child after her cancer diagnosis, she volunteered to act as her surrogate.

Dinkelacker, then 32, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2009 while 30 weeks pregnant with her first child, Dylan, now 6, according to a Facebook post that was shared by Allison Rose Photography. She immediately started chemotherapy and delivered Dylan via an emergency caesarean section.

Although Dinkelacker has now been cancer-free for six years cancer, she says that her doctor told her that she would not be able to carry another child.

According to Dinkelacker, her sister, who joined her for some of her doctor’s appointments, jumped at the chance to carry her sister’s second child.

“Well before he even finished his sentence Dawn jumped in and said it doesn’t matter because I am going to carry their child,” Dinkelacker wrote.

Policastro, who has two boys of her own – Jake, 7 and Ashton, 3 – gave birth to Hudson William Dinkelacker on August 5. The gender of the baby was a surprise to Dinelacker, but Policastro knew all along it was a boy.

Dinelacker posted a heartfelt thank-you letter to her sister on Facebook, which was shared through Allison Rose photography.

“Our new son Hudson William Dinkelacker has arrived and he would not be here if it weren’t for my amazing sister,” she wrote, according to the photographer s Facebook page.

She continued: “You kept that promise through all the devastating highs and lows, but throughout it all, you have been constant in your optimism, support and loving care for us. When most people would have given up during the struggles we endured, you just pushed through it all. Time and time again when we thought we should quit, you never gave up. You don’t believe in the words, ‘I cant’t.’ You only see ‘I can,’ and so many times YOU DID!

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“I have said this before, but I have to say it again,” she said. “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.

“Dawn, we thank you for everything from the bottom of our hearts. We are and always will be eternally grateful!! What we are most grateful for is the gift you have given to Dylan the gift of being a big brother a dream that we all had and that you made come true!!!”