Twin sisters Dawn Ardolino Policastro and Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker are from Mineola, New York.
The sisters live just a few blocks from each other and are very close.
Dawn has two sons — Jake, 7, and Aston, 3. Allison has a 6-year-old son named Dylan.
When Allison was pregnant with Dylan in 2009, she found out 30 weeks into the pregnancy that she had Stage 3 breast cancer.
The cancer was spreading to other parts of her body and she needed to start chemotherapy immediately.
She had to give birth to Dylan at 31 weeks.
Dawn told Patch it was a very difficult time for her sister.
“When Allison was diagnosed at such a young age and at a time in her life when she was the happiest, it was simply devastating,” she said.
Six months of chemotherapy and numerous surgeries later, Allison is now going on six years cancer free.
However, her oncologist told her that since the cancer was caused by hormones, she’ll never be able to get pregnant again.
She was lucky to have even survived her first pregnancy.
Allison desperately wanted Dylan to have a sibling.
Dawn, who was at the meeting, stepped in and said, “It doesn’t matter, because I am going to carry their child.”
Dawn volunteered to be Allison’s gestational surrogate. She carried the couple’s fertilized egg all the way to term.
The pictures from their shoot have started to go viral on the photographer’s Facebook page.
On Aug. 5, Dawn gave birth to an 8-pound, 13-ounce boy. Allison named him Hudson William Dinkelacker.
“How can we begin to thank you for the tremendous generosity and sacrifice you have so willingly bestowed these last few months?
You have given us not just the fulfillment of a wish we’ve had for the last six years, but a whole new life, and a family of four we thought we’d never have.”