|Changed major from Nursing|
Was at Kent State University. Will return to Cleveland State University fall 95.
|Not listed in the Alumni directory|
|HS: Extra Curricular|
|Spainish Club 9, 10, 11, Spainish Club President - 12, Teen Institute - 10,11, Newspaper - 9, 10, 11, P-SEOP Program - 12|
|HS: Hereby Do Will|
|I, Erica Millirons, hereby do will Melanie and my twin power to Kelly and Krystal, my driving ability to Mishawna Motil, singing lessons to Shandrea Weaver (hey hun!), my Dad's membership at the Coliseum to Bo, my outstanding knowledge and understanding of guys to Christine Astrop, a voice to Johnny and my creativity in Spanish translations to Becky Glorioso. Best Wishes!!|
|HS: I Will Always Remember|
|I will always remember getting locked in the bathroom during an exam in ninth grade, our tenth and eleventh grade "lunch bunch," my college experiences, the best senior summer ever, the friends I made here, and, most of all, my friends and roots in Cleveland.|
|HS: In Ten Years|
|In ten years Melanie and Corey will be married with four girls as wild as me, Joy and Iwa will be married, Christine will still be talking to the same older guy, I will be head nurse at Cleveland Clinic and still be looking for my "prince," and Shelly and I will still be best friends.|
|NL May 3 1995 - "Twin sisters celebrate life as Star Walkers" To see the Millirons sisters today, you would never suspect that they had less than a 50-percent chance at birth to live.|
Erica and Melanie, 20-year-old identical twins, are neonatal suvivors and will celebrate life this Sunday by walking in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica.
The Macedonia sisters are members of the Star Walkers team, which is made up of about 25 neonatal survivors. The walk begins at 9am at the Justice Center in Cleveland and winds 7-1/2 [miles] through the city.
This is the first year Millirons have participated in the walk.
Patricia Millirons found out she was having twins 48 hours before they were born.
"My husband, Roger, and I had been married eight years before we had children," she says. "We were afraid we couldn't have children."
While Patricia thought she was having twins, her doctors told her there was just one babu. "When I was five months pregnant, I decided to listen to the doctors and accept that I was only having one baby," she says.
Erica and Melanie were born six to eight weeks premature.
"I was a pleasant surprise when they were born," Patricia says. "It was a little shock, but not quite."
At birth, Erica weighed 3 pounds, 6 ounces, while Melanie weighed 3 pounds, 11 ounces. Erica was not expected to live and Melanie was given a 50-percent change of surviving.
"It's incredible how much technology has changed in 20 years," says Melanie. "Now, babies with low birth weights have a better chance at survival."
Melanie spent four weeks in the hospital, but Erica had to stay for about five weeks.
"I came home after three days," Patricia says. "It was unusual walking around the house realizing I had two babies who were in the hospital. I visited them every day."
Both Erica and Melanie think being neonatal survivors affects the decisions they make today. "It really makes you realize how precious life is," Erica says.
"My mom calls us her miracle babies," Melanie adds. "Our parents have raised us to accept everyone and differences. They've given us a very rich background."
Since they have become involved with the March of Dimes, the Millirons have researched their medical history. "It's really interesting to see the medical records and what medications we had to take," Erica says.
While they are almost 100% identical, Erica's and Melanie's interests are completely opposite. Erica is majoring in education, while Melanie plans to be an accountant.
"She's very businesslike, while I'm more of a free spirit," Erica says.
"Erica's more creative," Melanie adds. "I see things in an analytical way, while she can reason things better. I think we balane each other out."
With the support of their family, including brother Jared, Melanie and Erica are ready for whatever the future brings. "She's my best friend," Melanie adds.
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