Erica and Ryan - Fort Collins, CO (2022)
Erica and Ryan were married in December of 2020 and had hoped to have children right away. However, a few months before their wedding, Erica was shockingly and unexpectedly diagnosed with Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI). They were told their chances of conceiving were less than 1%. They began researching POI and making every effort to increase their chances for pregnancy through diet, lifestyle, acupuncture, and more. Yet, they struggled to find a reproductive endocrinologist who was willing to treat this challenging condition. During the summer of 2021, they were able to find a doctor and underwent extensive testing, laparoscopic surgery, and eventually two IUI cycles - one that failed, and one that was canceled due to the lack of a response. Erica and Ryan decided to pursue embryo adoption and are hopeful and excited to be matched and begin growing their family through this incredible gift.
Caleb and Tara Poe - Sioux Falls, SD (2022)
Caleb and Tara have been trying to conceive for over 2 years. They had one natural pregnancy 4 months into their journey, which unfortunately ended in miscarriage. After countless appointments and fertility testing, they were diagnosed with unexplained infertility. They went through multiple medications, 3 IUI cycles, and 1 round of IVF - all of which failed. They are starting a second round of IVF and praying to finally start their family. The physical, emotional, and financial pain throughout this journey is overwhelming and all-consuming. While they wouldn't wish this upon anyone, it provides comfort knowing that they are not alone. They will forever be grateful to The Hope for Fertility Foundation for their generosity and desire to help them fulfill their dream of becoming parents.
Carson and Mayce Reed - Pocatello, ID (2022)
Carson and Mayce have been married for 7 years and trying to conceive for 6 of those years. At their initial testing, they were told that it might be difficult for them to have a child. At that point, they did not realize how hard it would really be. After years of oral medication and countless other suggestions, they received some answers from the fertility specialist. Genetic testing found that Carson was a carrier for cystic fibrosis and he was also diagnosed with congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens (CBAVD). Mayce has a history of endometriosis in her family. With theses obstacles now in the light, their only option is IVF treatment. Family is an important part of their lives. They each come from large families and have watched their siblings become parents over the past several years. Having a baby to complete their family has always been a dream and the financial assistance provided by The Hope for Fertility Foundation is helping to make that dream a reality.
Nicole and Roxanna - California (2022)
Since 2020, Nicole and Roxanna have been hoping to build their family. Unfortunately, after their fourth IUI, Nicole was diagnosed with unexplained infertility. Due to financial reasons, they were unable to move forward with IVF, so they continued pursuing IUIs, hoping for a successful outcome. After almost two years of fertility treatments and eleven medicated cycles of IUIs, they had two miscarriages. Nicole and Roxanna were losing hope while also grieving their losses. They were coming to an understanding that this might be the end of their fertility journey. The Hope for Fertility grant provided them with the chance to keep trying and to move forward with IVF. They are forever thankful, grateful, and feeling so blessed to have the opportunity to grow their family. They have hopes for a healthy and positive outcome: their rainbow baby!
Josh and Caitlin - San Marcos, TX (2022)
If there are two things Josh and Caitlin love in life, it’s food and people. They grew up at very different dinner tables in two cultures across the country. They met and married a little later in life and are learning how to merge their two backgrounds and cultures to create a new family. They have been trying to conceive for over 3 years. It was discovered that Caitlin has severe endometriosis, which wasn’t a surprise since her mother and grandmother both had it. Josh and Caitlin were told IVF was the only option for them to have biological children and are currently pursuing treatment. Today, one of their joys is feeding hungry college students around their dinner table as they’ve committed their lives to mentoring others in their faith-based non-profit organization. They long to add a “little one” to their own dinner table and are truly grateful for the Hope for Fertility Foundation’s generous grant which makes this journey possible.
Lauren and Kurt Crawford - Bedford, PA (2022)
Lauren and Kurt have been together for 12 years, married for a little over 3 years, and are so excited to start a family together. Shortly after they were married, they began trying to conceive. To their surprise, they got pregnant very quickly. Yet, when Lauren had a miscarriage at six weeks, they discovered that Lauren had LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults) and Hashimoto's disease. This was overwhelmingly difficult to comprehend given the miscarriage they had just suffered. After months of testing, they were advised they could continue trying to conceive and assumed they would conceive quickly, like the first time. When this was not the case, they turned to a fertility doctor who provided testing and oral medication. When they still did not conceive, they changed doctors and began attempting IUIs. After two failed attempts, it was recommended that they move forward with IVF. The Crawford's could never have anticipated the medical expenses that they endured after countless doctors’ appointments, diabetes testing, and fertility treatments. They were intimidated by the financial stress of IVF. They are now so excited to receive a grant and it will lift some of the financial burden of continuing forward in trying to start a family.
Lily S. and John F. - Lincoln, NE (2022)
Lily and John have gone through every treatment and test imaginable for the last 7.5 years. Lily has celiac disease and after a year and a half of trying to conceive, was clinically diagnosed with endometriosis, PCOS, and Allen-Master's syndrome in 2016 during a D&C procedure. Lily was also diagnosed with low egg count due to endometriosis. Despite these diagnoses, Lily and John tried many different medications and went through several rounds of unsuccessful IUI treatments. Yet, they are now pursuing IVF because a genetic disorder was discovered in Lily's genetic testing: X-Linked Alport's Syndrome. This syndrome would predispose her children to kidney disease, which is prevalent on her mother’s side of the family. In fact, Lily’s younger brother, who is only 28 years old, is on a kidney transplant list due to this syndrome. As such, John and Lily are undergoing IVF after years of infertility and to prevent the monogenic disease of Alport's Syndrome from continuing in their family.
Michael and Courtney Horning - Belgrade, MT (2021)
When Courtney and Michael married they knew from the very beginning there was no way to start a family naturally. Michael is a paraplegic as a result of a horrible car accident when he was 18 years old. When Courtney and Michael met they both knew they wanted to start a family together one day, but because of Michael’s spinal cord injury the chances of conceiving naturally were slim to none. Michael works from home as a Project Manager while Courtney bustles around Montana as a Canine Behavior Specialist. After being married for several years and raising their five canine kids they decided they were ready to start trying to have a baby and IVF was the only viable option. They are currently in the midst of their IVF cycle in the hopes of finally achieving their dream of having a family together despite Michael’s injury.
Joshua and Daymiris Echeverria - Jersey City, NJ (2021)
Daymiris and Josh have been trying to start a family since October of 2019. After a year of no success, they began testing. An HSG revealed that Daymiris had blocked fallopian tubes. They had a laparoscopy in Feb 2021 to attempt to unblock them, but it was unsuccessful. Both tubes were completely enclosed in scar tissue due to silent endometriosis. Their only recourse for a biological child was IVF, which they would have to pay out of pocket. Their first round of IVF stimulation in June yielded 8 healthy embryos! They look forward with hope and anticipation towards their first frozen embryo transfer attempt later this summer. The Hope for Fertility Grant will help them close the financial gap as they take this next step towards their dream of starting their family.
Nick and Alyssa Nay - Centerville, UT (2021)
Nick and Alyssa have been trying for over two years to get pregnant. Alyssa was diagnosed with PCOS, making the pregnancy attempts a difficult and painful process. Alyssa has had to take two trips to the Emergency Room during this process due to severe pelvic pain. After four failed Clomid cycles and four failed IUI attempts, they decided with their doctor that it was time to attempt an IVF cycle. The Hope For Fertility grant has made this goal a reality for them, and they are very excited to start this process and grow their family.
Ryan and Katie - Southern Pines, NC (2021)
"We want nothing more in the world than to start our family. We have been together 11 years, married for 7, TTC for 6 and have not once even had a pregnancy. We have cried, begged and pleaded with God with literally NO answers even after seven medicated IUIs, multiple procedures and more than a lifetime worth of heartache. The backbone of us as individuals and as a couple as always been faith. We are an active military couple and are looking forward to starting this IVF journey in the hopes that we can start our family. "
Traven and Marissa Hoyt - Helena, MT (2021)
"After our first wedding anniversary, my husband and I couldn’t wait to start trying to build our family. Unfortunately, we had no idea of the battle with infertility we soon would face. We’ve been diagnosed as having male factor infertility and have been trying to conceive for almost two years. We’ve explored a few different treatment options, hormone therapy for my husband and an IUI, both of which were unsuccessful. Our RE ultimately recommended IVF as our best option for success for our case. We recently had our IVF egg retrieval and are eagerly awaiting the results of our embryos! When we found out that we had been chosen as grant recipients, I was speechless. It’s humbling to know that there’s people out there who care about us and want to help us start our family. We will be forever grateful for the generosity from everyone at The Hope for Fertility Foundation."
Brian and Kim deMontfort - Canton, GA (2021)
Brian and Kim have been on their journey of starting a family for 5 years. Kim became unexpectedly pregnant in 2016, this pregnancy quickly ended in miscarriage at 9 weeks. Kim went on to miscarry 3 more times before seeing a Fertility Specialist. With unexplained fertility, PCOS, and recurring loss Kim went through 1 round of IVF to become pregnant a 5th time. Unfortunately this too would end in heartache, as Kim lost their son Sawyer at 23 weeks. After the trauma of losing Sawyer, Brian and Kim agreed that Kim's body had been through enough. Their next attempt at starting their family will involve a Gestational Carrier using the remaining eggs from IVF. To find solace they like to hike, mountain bike, and camp in the great outdoors. They can't wait to start their Surrogacy journey, and pray that they will (finally) take home their Rainbow baby!
Erick and Gabriella - Miami, FL (2021)
"My name is Gabriella. My husband, Erick, and we have been trying to conceive for the past 5 years up until now through the IVF process. After consulting many doctors, Erick was diagnosed with Azoospermia which is essentially No Sperm count. This was a shock to us. We’ve gone through emotional, physical pain and of course financial hardships throughout this process but we remain hopeful. Our love for each other’s and that of the people around us and the dream of, ultimately, becoming parents keeps us pushing harder day after day. We are blessed with many nieces and nephews whom only strengthen our hopes and dreams and we will not give up until we get to hold our own “bundle of joy.” It’s been a long road for us and through pill treatment, Erick’s sperm count has been enough to proceed with IVF. We’re strong and we know that, with each passing day, we are closer and closer to being “mom and dad.” After 2 negative pregnancy results, our 3rd Embryo transfer is coming up pretty soon. Erick and I are thankful for all the doctors, nurses and medical staff who continue to care for us and go through this process with us. Also, we are thankful to “Hope for Fertility Foundation” for their generosity and being a big piece of this puzzle. In final, “whatever the mind can conceive, if you believe, you can achieve.” We believe! We thank you for helping and for your generosity to positioning us closer to making our dream a reality."
Colt and Sara Teuscher - Louisville, KY (2021)
" After meeting again in 2016, Colt and Sara soon married and began their journey to become parents. They knew the process might be challenging as Sara has multiple autoimmune disorders. Throughout the process, Sara was additionally diagnosed with PCOS and diminished ovarian reserve. Multiple failed IUIs have brought about the need for IVF. Both Colt and Sara work with military members. After serving in the Marine Corps, Colt now aids military personnel through his efforts at the USO; Sara teaches military children for the Department of Defense. They look forward to taking their little one on adventures throughout the world , creating love and friendships as they go. They understand the struggles couples with infertility face and are grateful for the opportunity to achieve their dream of parenthood. "
Kurt and Kelsey Ludemann - (2021)
Kurt and Kelsey's story has been a mix of infertility and loss. They were married five years before being told by doctors that ""having a baby may not be in the cards"" for them. Miraculously, they conceived their daughter, Davie Belle, in 2016 but shortly after, they had another obstacle to overcome. Kelsey was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at her six week postpartum checkup and was given the instructions to begin the conception process when Davie was six months old in preparation for a radical hysterectomy when the family building was done. Months went by before Kurt and Kelsey got another positive pregnancy test, but at 8 weeks, on holiday in Switzerland, they learned that they were pregnant with an ectopic pregnancy in the left fallopian tube. Encouraged to try again the next cycle, Kelsey became pregnant with another ectopic on the right side. Both tubes had ruptured and only one ovary and her uterus remain. Kurt and Kelsey have prayerfully considered next steps in building their family and have chosen to pursue embryo adoption. They are very thankful to feel the support of The Hope For Fertility Foundation through their generous giving and are excited to see what is in the future for their family.
Tim and Kellie Hale - (2021)
Tim and Kellie have been building their family with the help of IVF technology since 2015. They struggle with male infertility, resulting from Tim being born with a condition called bladder exstrophy. In total they have completed two IVF cycles (each included a fresh embryo transfer) and four frozen embryo transfers. They have had two successful pregnancies and are currently pregnant with a third. They are so grateful to all of the professionals who have helped them along the way.
Kenya and Kandace Brumfield - Fort Worth, TX (2021)
Kandace and Kenya had been trying to conceive for over two years when they decided to reach out to an infertility specialist. It was then determined that Kandace had low ovarian reserves and they were told their best chance at a biological child was through IVF. They underwent one round of IVF and at the end of this painful journey it was unsuccessful. Kandace and Kenya are never ones to give up on their dreams, but they couldn’t imagine going through the painful and expensive uncertain journey of IVF once more, so they looked for other alternatives to grow their family. Since Kandace and Kenya are both very charitable people and are always looking to help others, domestic adoption was the perfect answer for them. This was their way to grow their family while helping a child and family in need at the same time. Kandace and Kenya look forward to raising the awareness of the great need for more families to adopt through their example.
Aaron and Laurie Burke - Manchester, NH (2021)
"Dear Baby Burke, I want to introduce ourselves; my name is Mom and Dad is also here; he’s sitting right next to me. He’s always next to me because he’s my best friend. We want you to know how loved you already are and that Mommy and Daddy will always be there for you every step of the way. (Oh, one thing you will learn is that Mommy is funnier than Daddy. He would disagree, but we all know the truth.) So, let’s start from the beginning. Mommy had some pesky tumor tenants that got in the way of you moving in, but they have recently been evicted so your room is here waiting for you. Mommy may have been working on your house, but Daddy has been working on your home. You have 4 grandparents that are dying to spoil you and 12 nieces and nephews that are so excited to play with you! See you soon, Mom & Dad "
Austin and Shauna Jessup - Las Vegas, NV (2021)
Austin and Shauna have been trying to start a family for the last 7 ½ years. After multiple genetic and hormone testing and 4 unfortunate miscarriages, they were diagnosed with unexplained infertility and early recurring pregnancy loss. Over the years they have had a total of 8 IUI cycles and just recently a failed IVF transfer. With the help of The Hope for Fertility Foundation they will be able to undergo a second round of IVF with high hopes of a positive outcome.
Ryan and Madison Wells - Bountiful, UT (2021)
"We have been married for almost 3 years and are anxious to start our family. However, I [Madison] was born with a genetic condition called Marfans Syndrome that effects the connective tissue throughout my body. We’ve discovered that through IVF with PGD we can have our embryos tested to ensure that there is no chance of our children developing Marfans. This brings us such comfort and mitigates the fear we’ve had of passing Marfans on to our future children. While trying to save all the money we could in order to afford IVF with PGD, we unexpectedly got pregnant on our own. Not long after finding out we were pregnant, I suffered a miscarriage. This has made our desire to follow through with IVF even stronger and we feel so incredibly blessed to have received this grant and be that much closer to growing our family."
Jacob and Brianna Guillory - Farmington, NM (2021)
"We always knew we wanted children and started trying right away. Unfortunately Heavenly Father had a different plan for us. We tried for a year without any luck and started down the path of fertility tests and treatments. Brianna was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 14 so we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We saw a specialist who put Brianna on medication to help. Within a month we found out we were pregnant. We were overjoyed. Unfortunately at 10 weeks we found out that the baby had stopped progressing at 5 weeks and Brianna underwent a d&c. We were completely heartbroken. On our due date we found out that we were pregnant again and Had our sweet McKenna she was born February 4, 2015. She came 4 weeks early and we were told she shouldn’t be alive because she was severely anemic. She stayed in the NICU for 5 days where we found that she had multiple holes in her heart that required her to undergo open heart surgery at 7 months old. Needless to say we were thrusted in parenthood. After 2015, we went through 9 more miscarriages, multiple D&Cs, surgeries, heartache, and love. Every test that we had showed we were normal and there wasn’t a reason why we miscarried. We found a doctor who told us that 10 miscarriages were to many and told us that we were a perfect candidate for IVF. With IVF we would be able to test our embryos genetically to find the cause of our miscarriages. Since then we have had that goal in our minds and we are so excited to hopefully expand our family."
Danny and Melanie Boyd - Highlands Ranch, CO (2021)
Melanie and Danny have been trying to start a family for six years. They have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility and have experienced multiple pregnancy losses. They have tried multiple ways to get pregnant recommended by their doctor but with no success. After consulting with a fertility specialist, it’s been recommended they do IVF. They are grateful options are still available to them and feel hopeful as they embark on this new journey. They are grateful for family and friends who have been supportive and loving as they go through this difficult trial.
Jeff and Kayla Kennedy - Manassas, VA (2021)
Jeff and Kayla were able to get pregnant 4 months after getting married and while the pregnancy was a surprise, they were both overjoyed! Unfortunately, at their 8 week ultrasound appointment there was no heartbeat found and they suffered a miscarriage. Jeff and Kayla would go on to have 3 more miscarriages (total of 4 between 2015-2018.) They found out that Kayla is a BT (balanced translocation carrier) and this has been the cause of all the miscarriages. They were urged to go to a fertility clinic to do IVF as this was the best way to get a normal chromosome baby. However, they were not ready emotionally, physically or financially to do IVF. After trying to conceive on their own the next two years, they were not able to get pregnant again. In August of 2020, Jeff and Kayla met with the infertility specialist and started their IVF journey. Kayla was diagnosed with PCOS in addition to her BT. They were able to have a successful IVF treatment resulting in 2 normal embryos and 1 mosaic and are currently pregnant with their first frozen embryo transfer!
Alex and Kate S. - Houston, TX (2021)
Alex and Kate never imagined bringing a child into the world would be such a hard journey. After years of trying, they finally visited with a fertility specialist. IUI's were the suggested recommendation. With IUI's in progress, Alex and Kate bought their first home to prepare for family life. Each IUI was exciting with hope followed by crushing despair. After six failed IUI's, Kate was diagnosed with unexplained infertility. The new recommendation became IVF. This year Alex and Kate hope to receive the good news of a successful conception and a beautiful child to fill their home.
Dylan and Laura Taylor - Salt Lake City, UT (2021)
Laura and Dylan have been married for 8 years and have tried unsuccessfully to conceive for nearly 3 years. At just 15 Laura was told she had a uterine didelphys, and that complications from it required surgery. Surgeons found extensive endometriosis that destroyed a Fallopian tube and left Laura with an infertility diagnosis and many years of procedures and visits to specialists. The uterine didelphys made it uncertain that she could ever carry a baby to full term. In 2019 the uterine didelphys was diagnosed as a uterine septum and in 2020 it was successfully removed to leave one healthy uterus. The couple found out that Dylan suffers from infertility, as well, and after a year on Femara and two unsuccessful IUI's they still could not conceive. Laura is a public school theatre teacher, and Dylan has been a student working to obtain his undergraduate, and then graduate degree. It's been a long journey, but they are hopeful that this grant and IVF might make their dreams of becoming parents a reality!
Melvin and Jasmine Shirley - Clinton, MD (2021)
Melvin and Jasmine Shirley have been trying to conceive for six years. Unsuccessfully trying to conceive for this long prompted them to get checked out and discover that Melvin has an infertility issue called oligoasthenospermia, in which his sperm has low motility. Their doctor informed them that they have about a 5% chance of conceiving naturally and recommended IVF as their best option. Being servants at heart, Melvin is in the process of starting a nonprofit organization to serve the homeless population in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. Jasmine currently serves as a grief share facilitator in her church to support individuals journeying through various grief experiences. Having lost her mom in 2014 and her dad in 2015, helping others navigate their grief journeys has become very important to Jasmine. Both are very eager to start and share their IVF journey and to be a voice and source of inspiration to other couples experiencing infertility, especially male infertility, as they believe it is a topic and challenge that is not spoken about enough in their community. They are super excited to receive this grant to aid in making their dream of being parents a reality! They express their deepest and most sincere gratitude to The Hope for Fertility Foundation.
Tony and Anita Aguilar - Desoto, TX (2021)
Anita and Tony have been trying to conceive for more than 10 years. Diagnosed with unexplained infertility they decided to seek medical help. They did IUI 4 times which all failed before moving on to IVF. In between treatments Tony had to have brain surgery due to his condition of epilepsy. July 2020 Anita had surgery to remove a uterine fibroid which would have prevented her from getting pregnant. November of 2020, they did their first transfer which resulted in a positive pregnancy but later she miscarried at 6 weeks. They will soon be transferring their last embryo. They both love serving in groups in their community. Anita works in the field of education as she has a passion to not only teach but show the students unconditional love. Thanks to the grant they are hopeful they will soon be adding to their family.
Jordan and Kaylin Morris - Northern California (2021)
"Jordan and I have been trying to conceive for the past three years. After being diagnosed with low ovarian reserve, we started clomid cycles, followed by three IUI treatments. Our first IUI was successful, but ended in a miscarriage. Having suffered from miscarriages previously, the doctors performed more tests and found out that I have Factor V Leiden, forcing me to take daily blood thinner injections. The next two IUIs were unsuccessful. Knowing that our best chance of a successful pregnancy would be with an egg donor through IVF, we have decided to move forward with this process. The mental, emotional and financial stress has been overbearing at times. We are so grateful for The Hope for Fertility Foundation to help ease some of that stress."
Julian and Samantha Rossi - Chicago, IL (2021)
Samantha and Julian were given the gift of parenthood in March of 2016 to a 24-week, 1.5 lb. preterm baby, Noelle. Shortly after bringing their micro preemie home at the end of their four-month NICU stay, Julian was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October of 2016. His oncologist and urologist advised that less than 1% of men become sterile after removing the cancerous portion of their testicle. Since Samantha and Julian’s insurance would not cover sperm storage, they had to rely on that statistic at the time. After Julian’s surgery and an unsuccessful year of trying to conceive, the couple had further testing done, which their insurance refused to cover. Doctors did not lose hope for fertility and recommended a deeper look with an exploratory surgery, and multiple semen analyses. Julian and Samantha later learned that Julian fell into that 1% of men rendered completely sterile. Over the course of a few months, Julian noticed his body beginning to change physically. After yet more testing, it was shown that Julian’s testosterone was severely low. After being told that the only way to maintain his health and prevent further deterioration, he was quickly prescribed testosterone replacement therapy. Samantha and Julian acknowledged and understood that this would be the end of any hope of having more biological children. After a long and difficult four years of being on donor lists, a wonderful couple decided to give the gift of five embryos to Samantha and Julian. They are currently working with a clinic in hopes of a successful transfer.
Kevin and Deanna Didreckson - Stevens Point, WI (2021)
Kevin and Deanna have been trying for a baby for 6 years. Deanna has PCOS and Kevin has unexplained male fertility issues. They are going to be moving forward with IVF the Summer of 2021, due to that being offered as their best option for biological children. They are eager to start their journey and to hopefully add a new addition to their family.
David and Laura Kim - Crownpoint, NM (2021)
David and Laura Kim were married in 2008. After a year of not conceiving, they pursued medical help. Through the last 13 years they have undergone several IUIs, holistic treatments, and in 2018, their first IVF cycle. This led to a successful pregnancy with twin boys, but miscarried at 11 weeks. This was a devastating time in their lives. They took the next few years to heal emotionally, mentally, and physically. Through the generous grant from Hope for Fertility David and Laura, now ages 41 and 36, are ready to pursue a frozen embryo transfer in hope of expanding their family
Rachel and Bryan - Indiana (2021)
"We met online in 2010 and were married in 2011. We wanted children right away but was aware that fertility issues were going to be involved. Bryan has Klienfelter’s syndrome and after starting IUI fertility treatments it was discovered that Rachel had issues that would cause a high-risk pregnancy. We knew in our hearts that we wanted children and there was a reason god placed two people with fertility issues together. Although there were many emotions along the way with our first two adoption journeys, they both ended exactly the way we envisioned them. Our first daughter was born in 2013 and our second in 2015; both newborn adoptions. Both girls are truly amazing gifts and their birth parents were just as amazing. We cannot wait to hold our third baby in our arms and bring him/her home to their forever family. We love the idea that all of our children will be able to share the blessing of adoption and lean on each other for support. We want to be able to bless children with opportunities they may not have had. We hope instill good moral beliefs, faith, and raise them to be caring, compassionate, responsible adults. We are very blessed and thankful to receive a grant from The Hope for Fertility Foundation!"
Nelly and Laz - Florida (2021)
Shortly after getting married, Nelly and Laz began trying to conceive to build their little family. They have been on this journey for the past two and a half years. Nelly and Laz have undergone 3 failed medicated Intrauterine Inseminations (IUI), 1 failed medicated timed intercourse, countless blood draws and ultrasounds, Hysterosalpingogram, multiple semen analyses, and 2 Saline Infusion Sonograms, which all lead them to their diagnoses. Laz was diagnosed with high levels of Antisperm Antibodies and bilateral Varicocele. Nelly was diagnosed with severe diminished ovarian reverse/low AMH, poor egg quality, Natural Killer cells, Antiphospholipid Syndrome, and MTHFR. With these results, they then began their first cycle of IVF with ICSI. During their first IVF ICSI cycle, only 1 embryo made it to the blastocyst phase. Two months later, their reproductive endocrinologist transferred their one and only embryo. Shortly after seeing the most awaited two pink lines for the very first time, Nelly experienced a miscarriage, known as a chemical pregnancy. They were beyond devastated to have lost this precious angel. After taking some time to make countless changes in their diet, environment, and everyday lives, they geared up for their second IVF with ICSI cycle. Like many couples, Nelly and Laz’s employers do not give any type of fertility coverage. Everything has been out of pocket. This unexpected second IVF cycle came unexpectedly too soon and they hope this grant can help with some of the costs. Nelly works as a Vascular Sonographer at the Veterans hospital and has been a frontline worker throughout the pandemic. Laz works as a purchasing agent for military aircraft parts, so he was also considered essential personnel since the beginning of the pandemic. Nelly describes her infertility journey as the most emotionally, mentally, and physically painful journey she has even had to face. Her absolute lifelong dream has always been to become a mother. Nelly and Laz’s faith is strong and they truly believe that with God, all things are possible. Their miracle rainbow baby is coming with their second IVF ICSI cycle.
Ty and Sara - Driftwood, TX (2021)
Ty and Sara have been married for 11 years. Their desire to grow a family began many years ago. Since 2014, they have endured two early miscarriages, a second trimester loss with their son, Oliver, and an ectopic pregnancy. They are prayerfully considering their next steps and are incredibly grateful for the Hope for Fertility grant to help ease the financial burden of future treatments. Ty and Sara have been richly blessed with a loving community, dear friends and family who have held them in grief, and a wonderful health care team so near to their hearts. They are thankful for the brief time they had with their children and take comfort knowing they will hold them again one day.
Stormy and Jonathan Nguyen - Piqua, OH (2020)
Stormy and Jon have been trying to have a baby for over ten years. Stormy has PCOS. The Nguyens have attempted four IUI’s. All were unsuccessful, and one ended in a miscarriage. They want so badly to be parents and to have a child of their own. We hope that this will be their year that they will be able to have their little miracle.
Shelby and Justin Caraher - Salem, OR (2020)
Shelby and Justin have been trying to conceive for over two years. Diagnosed with unexplained infertility and early recurring pregnancy loss, they have done nine rounds of Clomid and two IUI cycles. Through these treatments they have had four miscarriages. They were so excited to find out that they were pregnant that they started to get the nursery put together, but soon found out that they had miscarried. Now it’s been recommended that they do IVF with genetic testing. This opportunity brings them hope, and they are looking forward to higher chances getting to bring home their baby. They have been blessed with a huge support system of people who love them and share of Shelby and Justin’s goodness and deep desire to start their family.
Sarah and Ryan Hoffman - Forsyth, MO (2020)
Sarah and Ryan have been trying to become parents for over ten years. They have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility. Sarah said it well in her application letter, “Unexplained infertility is such a clinical term for a journey that has been long and filled with grief.” They underwent nine IUI cycles and one IVF cycle. Sarah and Ryan both work in the field of education. Sarah said, “Doing what we do, we see so many of our students, our “kids” come from broken homes. From families who didn’t want their children and aren’t afraid to tell them that. Years and years of students that we ache to take home and give them the love and care that they deserve and yet, our legal system is not set up to support this.” Their longing to give a good life to a child of their own is what made us want to give them hope to try IVF again.
Jiaen and Steve - Virginia Beach, VA (2020)
Steve and Jiaen began trying to have children in the spring of 2016. They began fertility testing in China, where they lived at the time. After several blood and hormone tests, ultrasounds and a hysterosalpingogram, Jiaen became pregnant in May of 2017, but unfortunately miscarried. They continued testing and ultimately had three unsuccessful IUIs—two in Asia and one after relocating to the US. Since September 2019, they have been trying again and tests have been repeated—with no clear cause for infertility. IVF is their next option. They work in helping build bridges between different cultures, and with several major transitions in recent years, money can be tight when it comes to fertility treatment costs. We hope that with this grant they will be able to start the family for which they have been hoping!
Bobbi and Cort Whitney - Winnett, MT (2020)
After being married, Bobbi and Cort tried to have children for over two years before being referred to an infertility specialist. Once they arrived at their first infertility appointment, they discovered they were four weeks pregnant for the first time! Three months into the pregnancy they learned that the baby was diagnosed with PAIVS (Pulmonary Atresia with Intact Ventricular Septum), a congenital heart defect. At a checkup when Bobbi was six months pregnant, they could not hear a heartbeat. On March 17, 2017, their baby, Clancy James Whitney, was stillborn. Bobbi had an emergency D&C nine days postpartum for retained placenta. She underwent a hysteroscopy surgery to repair scarring of her uterine lining. After healing, they started infertility treatments. They tried IUI with no luck and were told that IVF was their next option. Bobbi and Cort started planning financially and trying to conceive on their own for the next 20 months. They were able to have a successful IVF treatment with five healthy embryos. In March they were able to do a frozen transfer and are currently pregnant!
Natalie and Brian Theurer - Smithfield, NC (2020)
Natalie and Brian have been trying to grow their family for the past for four years. They both are caring people that give back to their community. Natalie works as an Occupational Therapist while Brian is a Minister of Youth and Education. After discovering they had male factor infertility, they underwent one failed IVF as well as two miscarriages. While working with a fertility center, they discovered that the best chance for a successful pregnancy would be through embryo adoption. They are excited to start this path and look forward to being able to share with their future child the uniqueness of how they came to be part of their family.
Adrienne and Jeremy Justus - Fort Collins, CO (2020)
Adrienne and Jeremy Justus are the proud parents of a beautiful three-year-old daughter that they were able to welcome to their family through IVF. Adrienne is a contractor while Jeremy is a project manager. They have been married for ten years and Adrienne is a breast cancer survivor. Before starting chemo, they were able to retrieve eggs and save them for a later date when Adrienne would be healthy. After an unsuccessful IVF and then the successful IVF that brought them their daughter, they tried for another 24 months with no luck. They were put in touch with the Snowflake Embryo Adoption program and are working with them to find the right embryo to adopt and transfer. They are looking forward to adding another little one to their family and can’t wait to see their daughter be a big sister.
Emily and David Hogg - Pleasant Grove, UT (2020)
Emily and David Hogg have been trying to build their family for over seven years. Emily puts her creative skills to work growing a quilting business called Quilt 101 that sells kits and tutorials to help any level quilter. David is an IT Specialist. In 2013, Emily was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had her thyroid removed. Along their journey to become parents, they’ve found issues with Hashimotos, PCOS, adenomyosis, and male factor infertility. They have struggled through 8 IUIs, an IVF cycle, and a devastating miscarriage. Emily and David have been very open with their journey and have shared the ups and downs of the process on social media; it has been very beneficial for others to understand the rollercoaster infertility can be. They are now looking forward to an IVF cycle in the fall and are hopeful this will result in the baby for which they have so patiently waited.
Bethany and Derek King - Lexington, KY (2020)
Bethany and Derek King lived in Scotland for 16 months before returning to Lexington, KY to be closer to family while Derek pursues his PH.D in Theology. Bethany is currently an administrative assistant at a campus ministry where Derek also works part time. After struggling through some medical issues and receiving information from Bethany’s twin that she has PCOS, the Kings knew that having children could be tricky. They have tried many different fertility treatments that have not been successful and have decided to pursue embryo adoption.
Brittany and Christopher - Virginia (2020)
When Chris and Brittany were married, they knew that having children naturally would probably not happen. They pursued domestic adoption and were matched to a birthmother, however, they were heartbroken when the adoption failed. A fertility clinic was able to introduce them to the Snowflake program of embryo adoption in 2015. They were able to transfer two embryos and conceive their three-year-old daughter! Currently Brittany is a stay-at-home mom and Chris is an Attorney Adviser. Brittany and Chris are looking to complete another cycle with the Snowflake program to add to their family.
S. and C. Wilson - Houston, TX (2020)
The Wilsons have dedicated their lives to helping others with careers as public servants. After trying to start their family for eight years, they have been through four IVF cycles—the last one ending in a heartbreaking miscarriage. They have been through so much, including several procedures to remove fibroids, and have taken over 200 lab tests. They are now looking forward to their fifth IVF cycle and are hopeful they will finally beat infertility.
Tierra and Shamir Bobo - North Carolina (2020)
A couple months after getting married, Tierra and Shamir found out that Tierra had stage 4 endometriosis. Their painful infertility journey began with a couple surgeries to remove the endometriosis. In the last three years they have gone through three IVF cycles—the last one ending in a devastating ectopic pregnancy at six weeks. Tierra and Shamir have climbed many mountains to get where they are today. Tierra and Shamir both work at The University of North Carolina; Tierra is a Post Doc Research Associate and Shamir is a Grant Research Coordinator. Tierra said it best, “My journey to motherhood, like so many, have been both physically and emotionally painful, confusing and yet beautiful. These past three years have been cycles of despair and hope, but through it all I was able to rebuild to become the strongest and most grateful person I can be.” We are hopeful that they will receive their miracle baby in this next IVF cycle.
Nicole and Julian - Harrisburg, PA (2020)
Nicole and Julian are pillars of love and compassion for the youth and children of their community. They have dedicated their lives to serving those around them and have wanted nothing more than to start having children of their own. Nicole has struggled with severe endometriosis for most of her life, which has left her in great pain, but Julian is always by her side caring for her. After years of surgeries, removal of both fallopian tubes and an ovary, they were finally able to find a doctor that could get a treatment plan in place. Excited to start the IVF process, they are grateful to have found the right people to help them move forward. They shared the wisdom that, “The pain you have been feeling is nothing compared to the joy that is coming”.
Jodi and Christopher Brink - Milwaukee, WI (2020)
Jodi and Christopher went through many trials to find each other, and once they did it was meant to be! Jodi was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma and, after fighting it, is ready to become a mom. Christopher is a Technical Specialist. Before going through chemo and radiation, they were able to freeze eggs and have been waiting for the right moment to use them. They have been working toward using the embryos for two years and are excited to try this embryo transfer to become parents.
Anna and Jason Wilson - Travis Air Force Base, CA (2019)
Anna and Jason Wilson have been trying to have a baby for over 10 years now. Anna has been diagnosed with endometriosis and Jason has some unexplained infertility factor as well. They have always wanted children, but as a military family they have not always had access to fertility specialists. Anna and Jason have recently returned to the United States after living in Okinawa, Japan for seven years. They attempted to adopt in Japan but were unsuccessful. For a long time, they haven’t had a lot of hope. However, now that they live close to a fertility center, they are jumping at the chance to begin an IVF cycle so they can grow their family.
Sharlee and Colten Smith - Garland, UT (2019)
Sharlee and Colten Smith spent the first three years of their marriage trying to find an answer to their infertility. Sharlee was diagnosed with PCOS and after doing explorative surgery only to find multiple polyps, cysts covering her uterus, and a non-functioning fallopian tube, things could have seemed pretty hopeless. However, with the help of a great doctor, the couple began the IVF process. After a harrowing pregnancy with multiple complications, their son was born. They are excited to try an FET and potentially add a sibling for their son.
Amy and Kolby Rollins - Lyman, WY (2019)
While preparing to have a second child, Amy and Kolby Rollins were given the frustrating diagnosis of unexplained secondary infertility. They tried three IUI’s and then felt like IVF was their answer. Their IVF journey began, and they were so excited when they found out Amy was expecting. However, at their first ultrasound appointment at six weeks the couple discovered that Amy was experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. Their hearts were broken as they explained to their five-year-old son that there was no longer a baby in mommy’s tummy. Amy and Kolby are looking to do an FET (frozen embryo transfer) to try and add to their family.
Sarah and Adam Freeman - Brewer, ME (2019)
Sarah and Adam Freeman have been trying to build their family for nine years. Sarah is a teacher and Adam is a letter carrier with United States Postal Service. They went through an extensive diagnostic process before undergoing 5 IUI (intrauterine insemination) cycles and 2 IVF (invitro fertilization) cycles. They were ecstatic to find out Sarah was pregnant after their second IVF, but devastatingly, Sarah suffered a miscarriage early on in the pregnancy. Despite all the emotions, disappointment and heartache, they have both remained positive and expectant for their chance to become parents. Sarah and Adam are hoping for a chance to be able to hold their baby for the first time, rocking him/her to sleep each night, and watching their baby grow.
Chenoa and Tim Harrington - Missoula, MT (2019)
Chenoa and Tim Harrington have dedicated their lives to helping others. Chenoa works in the education consulting business where she focuses on helping college students navigate the loan process, and Tim is a K9 handler with the Missoula Police Department. They have been dealing with infertility for six years. They have done five unsuccessful IUI’s and plan to try IVF next. Chenoa and Tim claim that The Beatles got one thing indisputably right: life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. They certainly didn’t anticipate struggling with fertility in their attempts to build a family, but they would both adamantly argue that the process has brought them closer together and strengthened their love for one another.
Sheila and Matt Long - Salt Lake City, UT (2019)
Sheila and Matt Long have been through a lot in just a few short years. Sheila was pregnant with their first baby in 2017. However, at her 20 week ultrasound their sweet baby girl was diagnosed with anencephaly—a fatal defect in which the baby's skull and brain never form. They were devastated and pained with grief. During the removal of her baby, Sheila’s cervix was cut, and she lost a lot of blood. Doctors ultimately performed a hysterectomy and she lost the ability to carry their future children. Sheila and Matt have used this time to grow closer together, work intentionally and tirelessly to heal, and move forward in other forms of family planning. They are now pursuing IVF with a gestational surrogate.
Jennifer Marianni and Marissa Marchese - Philadelphia, PA (2019)
In two years, Jenn and Marissa did 6 IUI’s, 2 egg retrievals, 3 frozen embryo transfers to finally get pregnant—but they still had a rough fight ahead. Jenn had some complications early on in the pregnancy, but it all came to a head when her water broke at 20 weeks pregnant. They were sent home and Jenn was on strict bedrest where they worked hard to give their daughter a fighting chance. Jenn was admitted to the hospital at 23 weeks and stayed there until giving birth at 29 weeks. Their little Isabella was born very sick. She fought hard for her Moms, but only lived six days. Isabella changed Jenn and Marissa’s lives forever, and she will always be in their hearts. They are ready for a rainbow baby to be added to their family.
Amanda and Andrew Ott - Cedar Falls, IA (2019)
Amanda and Andrew Ott have been trying to find an answer to their fertility problems for 10 years, three surgeries, countless clomid pills, and a few IUI’s. After removing a massive fibroid that was blocking the entire cavity of her uterus, things were looking up. However, after another IUI, Amanda was still not pregnant. A few years passed where they kept trying but the negative pregnancy tests were adding up. Amanda had another fibroid removed early this year, and now they look forward to starting the IVF process and are hopeful they’ll finally beat infertility.
The Souza's - Massachusetts (2018)
Our struggles with infertility is just a part of our story but it will not be the end. We are incredibly grateful to The Hope for Fertility Foundation for giving us the hope and dreams of allowing us another chance to become amazing parents.
The Witte's - Washington (2018)
We both feel incredibly grateful to be awarded a grant from The Hope for Fertility Foundation. Without their help we really don't know how we would have overcome the financial burden of IVF. When we met and fell in love the word "infertility" never crossed our minds. But as the months turned into years, our dream of having a baby turned into an emotional nightmare. Although we still have a way to go with our journey, we are optimistic that our time to be parents is on the horizon. Words cannot completely express how much we appreciate The Hope for Fertility Foundation and the hope they give to so many couples like us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and baby dust wishes to all the couples who are battling infertility!
The Giorgianni's - Virginia (2017)
From the very first moment we made contact with Hope for Fertility Foundation, we were treated with such respect, consideration and compassion. The process was absolutely wonderful from beginning to end! This foundation is such an remarkable gift to couples like us who have a dream and are praying for a way to fulfill it. When we found out we were awarded a grant, we were overwhelmed and just couldn't believe that there were strangers out there that cared about us and helping us grow our family! There are no words to explain how thankful we are for this grant and for this foundation and all those individuals associated with making it possible! Thank you to [everyone at] the Hope of Fertility Foundation for being such an incredible blessing to our family!
The Redd's - Utah (2017)
Infertility is so prevalent, and the cost for fertility treatments are so prohibitively expensive, and this community needs the aid and awareness that this Foundation is providing. The members of this organization have put so much time and energy into establishing this Foundation and raising funds in order to help people like us... [W]e will forever be grateful to every person who has been involved in The Hope for Fertility Foundation for their generosity.