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September 25, 2013

Rogers family this year's ambassador for March of Dimes

Woodward, Okla. — Have you ever seen a 4-pound tank?

Rachelle and Steven Rogers have. When their son Kyler, who they nicknamed "Tank," was born 7-weeks early in January 2010.

Kyler and his family are the ambassador family for Woodward's 2013 March of Dimes March for Babies, which will be held this Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cedar Heights Elementary.  As part of the March for Babies, teams will walk around the George Goetzinger Memorial Walking Trail.

BIG NAME FOR SMALL BABY

While the tiny baby Kyler, who was born on Jan. 13, 2010 weighing 4-pounds, 7-ounces, was certainly a fighter during his 3-weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at OU Children's Hospital, his nickname came long before he was born.

Rachelle said the nickname started as a joke.

"It started out at a football game.  I noticed that a player on the opposing team was named Tank. So I turned to Steven and said, 'there you go honey, if we have a boy we can name him Tank,'" Rachelle said.  "It became a joke throughout the whole pregnancy."

The name stuck even after their newborn son had to be rushed to the OU Children's NICU after his premature birth.  Steven went down to be with the baby while Rachelle had to remain at Woodward Regional Hospital to recover from her emergency C-section.

"The nurses put cutouts on the wall around his incubator that said Tank," Steven said.  "I had 2 days to get that arranged before she (Rachelle) got there."

Now that he's a healthy and rambunctious 3-and-a-half-year-old, Kyler " is really a tank now," according to his father.

"He's a rough and tumble toddler," Steven said.

The family has even used the boy's nickname for their team name when participating in the March for Babies for the past 3 years.

"That's why we call ourselves 'Team Tank,'" Rachelle said.

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