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Parental Hope

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BENEFITING: Parental Hope Inc.

ORGANIZER: Parental Hope Inc.

EVENT: Cincinnati Gives Challenge 2016

EVENT DATE: Nov 29, 2016

Jennifer Bross

THE STORY:

My husband, David and I, began our journey to parenthood in 2013 after being diagnosed with both male and female factor infertility. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and David was diagnosed with morphology issues. After several failed IUI’s (IntraUterine Inseminations) in the fall of 2013, we were told by our doctor at the Institute for Reproductive Health that the combination of those issues would make getting pregnant without InVitro Fertilization (IVF) highly unlikely. At that exact moment, it felt like someone had sucked the air out of our lungs…the room…the world. Like many others faced with the costs of IVF, we didn’t know how we were going to afford treatments. After doing substantial research, we discovered that because my employer was based in Illinois, IVF was fully covered under my insurance plan. 

In January 2014, our IVF journey began. Hormone injection after hormone injection, blood draws, ultrasounds, more hormones...then, finally, we had our egg retrieval. Everything went perfect! We had 30 eggs retrieved, of those, 27 fertilized, and from those, we had 8 that turned in to blastocysts and were ready to be frozen. Our first embryo transfer was cancelled, however, because I developed OHSS (Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome) and was on bed rest for 10 days and eventually, had to get nearly a liter of fluid drained from my ovaries.

My husband and I experienced many ups and downs during our infertility battle, but we never gave up on our dream to be parents. We know that this may sound odd, but we are, in some respects, very grateful for our journey. Despite the challenges we faced, our journey made our relationship stronger and we held hands through it all. Infertility is a rough, but beautiful journey that has taught us so much about life, hardships, and faith. Our journey to parenthood has proven that we can endure anything together. 

After 3 rounds of IVF, we were blessed with our twin miracles, Violet and Logan, in January 2015.

Infertility is a very emotional process that can often lead couples to feel isolated. In addition to the emotional roller coaster, there is also the financial aspect of infertility. Fortunately, because we had insurance coverage for our IVF treatments, the financial aspect of infertility was eliminated.  But, as we went through the IVF process, we met many couples that not only had to overcome the emotional rollercoaster, but the financial burden as well.

Since our twins were born, we have been looking for ways to give back. We first began by donating our two remaining embryos from our IVF cycle to a couple that could not have their own children. That couple became pregnant with one child and recently, had a successful birth. Despite the success of the embryo adoption, we wanted to do more and began to research ways to give back.  We discovered there were very few non-profits dedicated to providing financial assistance to those battling infertility. In response, we created Parental Hope, Inc.

$680

MONEY RAISED
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  • Becky and Ken Budde

    $50

  • Rachel Twyman

     

  • Sara Gee

    $100

  • Janice Gormley

     

  • Nancy Nutley

     

  • Janice Oelker

    $200

  • Maggie Mackenzie

    $25

  • Kellie Robertson

    $130

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68% Raised of $1,000 Goal

The Team: $1,320 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Jennifer Bross

Amount Raised

$680

 

68% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Parental Hope Inc.

Amount Raised

$260

 

2% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Christian Baker

Amount Raised

$250

 

25% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Nicole Nusbaum

Amount Raised

$50

 

5% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Leah Seymour

Amount Raised

$50

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Jessica Ryan

Amount Raised

$30

Fundraiser Title

Megan Meiner

Amount Raised

$0

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Becky Walz Budde

Amount Raised

$0

 

0% Raised of $500 Goal

Donor Comments

Kellie Robertson

Kellie Robertson

DONATION: $130

2 years ago

Maggie Mackenzie

Maggie Mackenzie

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Janice Oelker

Janice Oelker

DONATION: $200

To our furry friends 2 years ago

Nancy Nutley

Nancy Nutley

2 years ago

Janice Gormley

Janice Gormley

Tribute to Jennifer Bross 2 years ago

Sara Gee

Sara Gee

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Rachel Twyman

Rachel Twyman

2 years ago

Becky and Ken Budde

Becky and Ken Budde

DONATION: $50

2 years ago