January 22, 2018
Bennett, Gabrielle and Addison Ereth from Bismarck may share a birthday and a love for football, but on Sunday nights, their differences show more starkly than their similarities.
Bennett cheers for the Tennessee Titans; Gabrielle follows in her farther’s footsteps as a Pitsburgh Steelers fan; and Addison pledges her loyalty to the Greenbay Packers.
For their parents, Dana and Shawnda Ereth, the simple fact they can watch a game together is a miracle. The triplets were born 16 weeks early weighing about 1.5 pounds each. Dana and Shawnda were devastated and fearful for their babies’ lives.
“At the time, it was really unheard of for them to all three make it home and be doing as well as they are today,” Shawnda said.
With the help of their caregivers at Sanford Children’s in Bismarck, the triplets have exceeded anyone’s expectations. Since they were just toddlers, the Ereths have spent at least two nights a week in therapy at Sanford.
“Everyone has become family,” Shawnda said. “We’ve depended on Sanford Children’s not just for therapy services but for emotional support through this journey.”
Now 11 years old and rocking the 5th grade, Addison, Gabrielle and Bennett are stronger than ever.
“These kids are as tough as they come, physically and mentally,” Shawnda said. “They all three have a pretty great outlook on life.”
When they grow up, Gabrielle wants to be a pediatrician, a likely result of her years spent in hospitals and clinics, while Addison sees herself as a second grade teacher. Following his love for sports, Bennett dreams of being a coach or sportscaster for ESPN.