Twiniversity Honors Victim of Newtown School Shooting

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Online support group for moms of multiples finds a connection of twins and makes a difference in one family's lives.

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When we found out about Noah Pozner and the fact that he was a twin, it hit a little closer to home," said Twiniversity Founder and mom to 8 year old twins, Natalie Diaz.

In light of the recent devastation in Newtown, Connecticut, online twin mom resource, Twiniversity joined the thousands of people who wanted to do something to help support those families affected.

"When we heard the news about the tragedy, our family was heartbroken. When we found out about Noah Pozner and the fact that he was a twin, it hit a little closer to home," said Twiniversity Founder and mom to 8 year old twins, Natalie Diaz.

With more than 5,000 members strong and over 8,000 facebook followers, Diaz challenged the international online support group to rally together in raising funds to plant a tree in New York City, where the Pozner family originally lived, in honor of Newtown’s youngest victim, 6 year old Noah. Twin clubs from across the nation, including Illinois, Alabama, California, North Carolina and even as far away as Canada and Europe, contributed and took part in the fundraising efforts.

"I know that my husband and I thought about how our twins would feel if one had lost the other. We know that their bond grows beyond the typical sibling relationship. We know that they have shared everything in their lives from the moment they were conceived. We know how they depend on one another and how they never go to bed without kissing each other goodnight,” said Diaz. “We thought of Noah's surviving twin sister and our hearts broke a little more."

The initial goal, set on Monday, December 17, was to raise $500 to plant a tree in Noah’s honor. However, after raising over $5,000 in less than 12 hours, Diaz decided to select an existing tree and have an engraved paving stone placed with the tree so that every visitor would be able to honor the little twin boy lost in the tragedy.

Diaz said, "Once we informed our group about Noah, the emails and posts started flooding. Families wanted to do something. We decided that we should do something to honor this boy and the bond that we all understand so well with his twin. That's when we decided that we should plant a tree, so it can grow, bloom and thrive in his memory."

Little did Diaz know that someone would step up and match the $5,000 raised, in hopes that twin trees would be selected in honor of the Pozner family and their unique bond. Interestingly, the trees will also be located in an area secured by the Manhattan Twins Club for their annual picnic each year. All additional funds raised through the campaign will be placed in a trust fund set up to support the Pozner family in their time of need.

About Twiniversity:
Based in New York City, Twiniversity is free to members and the fastest growing online community for parents of twins, triplets and quads. Complete with forums, tips and trends for products and research, Multiplicity magazine, and further support for raising multiples, Twiniversity reaches more than 65,000 families each month in more than 20 countries around the globe. For more information, visit

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