Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker of Long Island, New York, learned
she had stage-3 breast cancer in 2009 while she was pregnant with her first
child. According to Patch, doctors recommended that she begin chemotherapy which forced her to give
birth to her son Dylan by emergency caesarean just 31 weeks into her pregnancy.
Both Allison and Dylan survived and after treatment,
she was diagnosed as cancer-free.
Wanting to move on with her life, Allison decided to try for
another child. Allison's twin sister Dawn Ardolino Policastro accompanied her to the doctor where they learned that if
she were to conceive, she may not survive the pregnancy.
Dawn immediately stepped in and offered to carry her sister's
child for her. She gave birth to her nephew, Hudson, on August 5.
The sisters, who are incredibly
close, live just three blocks away from each other. Dawn has two sons of her
own, ages 7 and 3, and Allison's first son Dylan is now 6 years old.
Dawn kept the sex of baby
Hudson a secret from Allison until the delivery. Once
Hudson was born, Allison posted a special photo on Facebook that revealed the
gender of the baby. In the photo, Dawn stood behind Allison with a sign that
read: "Shhh ... It's a boy!"