There are identical twins who have special bonds, and there are the Ardolino sisters, who live just three blocks from each other in Mineola, New York. Between them they had three sons: Dawn Ardolino Policastro has a 7-year-old and 3-year-old; sister Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker has a 6-year-old, Dylan. But now they have four—Dawn gave birth to Hudson last Wednesday, a child she carried for Allison. In 2009, when Allison was 30 weeks pregnant with Dylan, she learned she had stage 3 breast cancer. A Facebook post explains that the aggressive nature of the cancer necessitated chemo immediately. But after receiving one treatment a sonogram showed her baby's movement had stopped. She delivered her son at 31 weeks, on her 33rd birthday.
Though her cancer is in remission, Mineola Patch reports that her cancer was "brought on by hormones." That killed the possibility of a desired second pregnancy for her, something Dawn was told when she accompanied her sister to an appointment with an oncologist. As he began to explain that another pregnancy wouldn't be possible, Allison says Dawn inserted herself, saying, "It doesn't matter because I am going to carry their child." She did exactly that, serving as a gestational carrier and birthing the 8-pound, 13-ounce Hudson. A pregnancy photo shoot the sisters did has gone viral, with one picture in particular getting attention: It shows Allison standing just in front of Dawn, who is holding a sign reading, "Shhh...It’s a boy!" She kept the baby's gender a secret from her sister throughout the whole pregnancy. (A 27-year-old recently gave birth in a historic way.)