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Siblings each claim unique birthdate

Sunday, John Marshall Burcham celebrated his first birthday. It was the celebration of the unique date on which he was born: Dec. 13, 2014 – or 12/13/14.

Unique enough in itself, what adds to this novelty is the birth date of his older sister, Leona Grayce Burcham, who was born Nov. 12, 2013 – or 11/12/13.

“It is really special having one special birthday in the family, but it’s really special to have two,” said grandmother Lynn Burcham. “God has really blessed us with two beautiful babies.”

Parents John and Cassie Burcham had at one time faced fertility difficulties. But with special fertility treatments in 2013, the couple was able to bring their daughter into the world. She just celebrated her second birthday.

“She likes to color. She’s got two cartoons she loves to watch – PAW Patrol and Wallykazam,” John Burcham said.

The Burchams weren’t expecting John Marshall to come along so soon, but he did. Cassie Burcham began having contractions a week before he was born.

“She said, wouldn’t it be cool if he was born on 12/13/14,” John Burcham said.

And it just so happened that he was.

“It’s just one of those miracles,” he said.

Grandparents are John H. and Lynn Burcham and Glen and Cheryl Demastus. Great-grandparents are Tommy and Faye Burcham, Jimmy and Chris Roberts, Billie Hargett and Jessie Lou Leadlow.