Helping others, Fertility Center to give away free IVF Cycle to couple in need

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Fertility Center is giving away one free in vitro fertilization cycle along with thousands of dollars in financial aid for one couple looking to get pregnant in the center's second contest, called The Fertility Diaries.

Dr. William Dodds, reproductive endocrinologist at the center says one in eight couples struggle with infertility issues, saying the diaries contest will enable couples to share their personal stories while encouraging others undergoing similar challenges.

The contest begins April 2. Participants need to submit a two-page essay or a link to a video  on the center's website telling the story of their pregnancy journey.

Second place will receive $2,500 to use towards any future office services, and third prize will receive $1,000. The grand prize winners will receive one free IVF Cycle, including all costs associated with leading up to the procedure, which takes place in the office.

The office will accept submission until April 18, 2018. The finalists will be announced during National Infertility Awareness Week, April 22-28.

Once those finalists have all been announced, their entries will be shared and public voting will begin on The Fertility Center’s Facebook page. The top three entries with the most votes will win. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 11, 2018.

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  • Kevin Rahe

    I sympathize with couples who have difficulty conceiving a child. But there is something special about knowing that your existence was the result of nothing but an expression of love between your parents and God’s will that everything happen just right so that you came to exist. Not only should a child not be denied such a beginning, but there are serious moral issues with the IVF process itself, not the least of which is the fact that parents usually end up with children – sometimes several – whom they may not be prepared to give birth to and raise. These children end up on ice indefinitely, and parents are saddled with the monumental decision of continuing to keep them alive or “disposing” of them, a decision for which no one prepares them before inviting them to engage in the process.

    • Paul

      Spoken like a true idiot who wants to cram their beliefs down others throats. I’m sure you’ve never struggled to have children. You probably have about 10 who are all home schooled. By the way yes they do prepare you for storing and or disposing of your remaining embryos.

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