AGC Scholarship Recipients
Geneva & Shawn – Las Vegas, NV
Shawn & Geneva have been married for 4 years and have wanted children since they said I do. After a miscarriage and 3 ectopic pregnancies, Geneva had to have her tubes removed – leaving IVF as their only option to conceive.
“For a moment I tried to envision our life with out kids but I couldn’t make my heart follow my mind.”
Natalie & Chris – Kansas City, MO
Post surgery for a fibroid removal, Natalie & Chris found out from their RE that she had not 1, but 7 fibroids and fluid filled Fallopian tubes, all of which were removed.
“My goal is to raise greater awareness in the African American community surrounding infertility and shine a light on this very real and very relevant subject and let others know that they’re not alone.”
Celeste & Kevin – Massachusetts
Turner’s Syndrome & Kallman’s Syndrome
Due to medical conditions, Celeste and Kevin chose adoption as their route to parenthood. After a devastating eight years and three failed placements, they decided to move forward with a new agency.
Kevin and Celeste welcomed their son Matthew in March 2015. “Crazy how your heart can grow. I think our hearts are getting stretch marks”.
Mary & Robert – New York
“Glass is just glass until it is tossed around the ocean for years, constantly being pounded against the sandy shoreline before being dragged back out to sea only to repeat the whole violent process again. Once it finally comes to rest on shore as sea glass, it is a frosted, rounded, smooth thing of beauty ready to be made into jewelry. The emotional turmoil of dealing with infertility made me like a piece of glass tumbling and crashing around the ocean. It was through this turmoil, however, that I was made vulnerable. Vulnerability allowed me to let kindness into my life. I learned how to be loved and, in turn, re-learned how to love. What an important lesson to learn before becoming a mother. I now feel like that completed piece of sea glass, resting on the shore.”
Mary and Robert welcomed their son John in March 2015.
Lindsay & Tim – Maine
After years of treatment, Lindsay and Tim found out they were pregnant via IVF. In 2013, they had the amazing experience of the birth of their son and then just 9 short weeks later, the devastating loss of their son.
“We know that infertility treatments are stressful, painful, overwhelming, and demanding, but we also know how amazing and worthwhile they are. We had the opportunity to experience parenthood and bring our beautiful baby boy into the world because of these treatments. We want nothing more than to be parents again and experience the love between us and our future children.”
Lindsay and Tim welcomed their second born son via FET in February of 2015.
Marissa & Bob – Pennsylvania
Male Factor Infertility & Unexplained Female Infertility
“We knew when we were married that it would be a challenge for us to have children together for medical reasons. We were committed to one another and prepared for this-or so we thought! Because of the difficulty of our situation, we began both the process of fertility treatment and adoption in June 2012. We could not have foreseen just how daunting our family building experience might be, or how far away success might feel. We have made every possible adjustment that we can to our income, to our lifestyles, and to the images that we held for our family in order to pursue our dreams. These include working extra jobs, living in a small apartment without many conveniences, paying extra for additional insurance coverage that would allow for us to try new procedures, cashing in all of our retirement funds, and even traveling 19 hours one way by car twice for treatment! We have made each of these decisions with love and with optimism.”
Marissa and Bob are now expecting with a due date in August.
Gina & Salvatore – New Jersey
After a complicated pregnancy, Gina and Salvatore had their daughter two months premature. Her birth was a trying time for them as she spent weeks in the NICU. A year after her birth, they started trying for a second child.
It took years of failed treatments and cycles. The second of four IVF cycles ended with an ectopic twin pregnancy. Gina and Salvatore decided to move forward with adoption. “We are overjoyed because this really is our miracle cure. It’ a miracle that will join our family and I cannot wait to end this novel that I seem to have created with: “..and they lived happily ever after.”
Amy & John – Minnesota
Stage IV cervical cancer diagnosis which resulted in a hysterectomy
At the age of 32, Amy was diagnosed with Stage IV Cervical Cancer. Upon diagnosis, it was recommended that she have a full hysterectomy immediately. Trying to preserve her fertility and ability to have children, she declined the hysterectomy. Unfortunately, the treatments were unsuccessful and she needed to have a radical hysterectomy.
“And even though I do not get to conceive a child, I am excited to be a part of the moments that are pregnancy. I am looking forward to the first ultrasound, to hear a little heartbeat, to know that the surrogate is my personal angel who has sacrificed so much so my husband and I can have a child.”
Kristy & Jay – Massachusetts
After several failed IVFs, Kristy & Jay received news that they had a positive Beta. “We entered a time of overwhelming joy and excitement, imagining so many wonderful days ahead. Sadly, it was not long after that I had an early miscarriage. I don’t think there are words invented yet to describe the deep sorrow and pain we felt. After so much struggle climbing to the peak of success, this was a ravine so deep we weren’t sure we’d climb out. “
Kristy, Jay and their medical team have decided to move forward with a new treatment plan. “There is nothing that we want more than to become parents. In some ways, we already feel as if we *are* parents in our hearts – at the core of who we are – and we simply haven’t met our child(ren) yet. “