The Lomaka quadruplets’ college dreams were all thanks to the sacrifices made by their hard-working mom. With Mother’s Day here, they are explaining how their mother allowed them to visualize their goal as Virginia Tech graduates.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, when a 65-year-old woman used fertility treatments she became pregnant with quadruplets. Doctors recommended that she abort one or more, but she decided to keep all four of the quadruplets, saying, “I don’t think I will have any problems.”
Steve and Tina Lomaka married in 1982, but unfortunately they did have a problem. They struggled to have children so they adopted Lauren, their oldest child. But the Lomakas would not give up on the dream of having their own children. Via natural conception, the chances of having quadruplets is about one in 800,000, and the chances of having a set of identical quadruplets is one in 11 million to 15 million.
“We thought we’d try one more fertility treatment,” Steve Lomaka said, according to WJLA.
Funny enough, their dreams of having a large family were confirmed on April Fools Day. The quadruplets were born in 1994, and two years later they welcomed their youngest son, Matt.
In 1998, the family moved from Philadelphia to Richmond, and so naturally Virginia Tech became the quadruplets’ college dream. Thanks to the hard work of their parents, this dream became a reality and they all started in the same college together.
Twenty-one-year-old Kate and her three brothers Chris, Greg, and Steve made national news because they were the first quadruplets to enroll at Virginia Tech. Fast forward several years, and Steve finds it hard to believe his final year at Virginia Tech is here.
“It was a no brainer when I got in. I submitted my acceptance as soon as I got my letter,” Steve Lomaka said, according to Virginia Tech News. “The community here is like nowhere else. It really feels like everyone here is just one big family.”
“We made a plan that said we’d pay for half of our college and our parents would pay for half of our college,” says Chris.
While they all worked hard, in reality these quadruplets’ college experience is thanks to their mother, who took on full-time night shifts in order pay for college tuition. During the day she took care of Matt, who has Down Syndrome.
“Whenever we go anywhere and people find out we’re quadruplets, one of the first things they say is ‘Well bless your mother,'” says Kate Lomaka. “Nobody I think ever wants to work night shifts, no one wants to be up from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. and sleep for 6 hours and do it all over again, but she does it because she knows that she’s helping us get through college.”
“I can’t stress enough how much my mom has sacrificed,” adds Chris. “She never asks for anything, she’s so selfless.”
This hard-working attitude has rubbed off on all of them according to Greg.
“I credit all my hard-working abilities and my work ethic to [my parents],” he adds, according to People. “They’re definitely the two hardest working people that I’ve ever met.”
If we have learned anything from these Lomaka quadruplets’ college experience, thanks needs to be said to all those hard-working moms. So don’t forget to tell your mother, “Thank you!” before the end of Mother’s Day.
[Image via Lomaka Family]