Celebrating Your Birthday Once Every Four Years

Friday, February 29th 2008, 6:38 pm
By: News On 6

Today is leap day; that extra day we add to February every four years. People born on February 29th have the unique opportunity to celebrate their birthday once every four years. The News On 6's Rick Wells reports on two leap day birthdays.

Bill Harn of Broken Arrow was born February 29, 1948. Leap year birthdays are unique, but can be problematic when kids ask about it.

Wells sat down with Bill, his son Mac, and his grandson, Christian. A leap day birthday creates interesting coincidences.

A picture from 1988 shows Mac at 10 with his dad who was 40, but celebrating his 10th birthday. Bill is now 60 with 15 birthdays and his grandson Christian is going to be 15; they are the same age, in birthdays.

Taylor Nicole White was born at 10:24 on leap day.

"This little baby was in cold storage for five years," said Allen White, Taylor's Dad.

Taylor's mom was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago. She underwent surgery and faced chemotherapy.

"Before I started Chemotherapy I harvested eggs," said Debra White, Taylor's Mom.

They knew they wanted a second child and this was their opportunity. So, the embryos were frozen until she was cancer free for five years.

"Once I made it to my fifth anniversary, then I went through In vitro to implant the eggs and she made it," said Debra.

Taylor Nicole White and Debra are doing well and are both survivors.

People born on February 29th, are sometimes called "leaplings." They celebrate their birthdays in non-leap years on either February 28th or March 1st.