AUGUSTA COUNTY -- At four years old, Peyton Fisher is brave. Scoffing at "scary clowns" that don't scare him. Living a life he almost didn't have.
"His head was the size of a tennis ball," says Peyton's mom, Amanda Fisher.
Peyton was born early, weighing just three pounds, five ounces. Two weeks later he developed an often-fatal bowel disease.
"It was just hard," says Matt Fisher, Peyton's dad. "There's no way to explain it. You know what I mean?"
But today, there's no stopping Peyton - now a big brother to baby Landon. Landon was also born prematurely. He had to be kept on a CPAP for three days. The boys' mom says watching them together is amazing.
"Peyton is the best big brother in the world," Amanda Fisher says. "He reads to him. He tries to help."
With the help of March of Dimes, the Fishers now get the chance to watch their kids grow - something that was not always guaranteed.
"Peyton's hospital bill was more than our first house: $145,000," Amanda Fisher says. "We never had to pay a dime of that. The technology and the things they're coming up with from the money people are raising to save these babies' lives...."
At four years old, Peyton Fisher is brave. Swinging "extra high" on the playground swings. Making it. Growing up. Just like he was from day one.
You can help support the March of Dimes at the 2013 Signature Chefs Auction on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the JMU Convocation Center in Harrisonburg. Registration starts at 5:30.
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