Monday, June 17, 2013

Austin and Amanda's Story

Austin and I were married in 2007 and we struggled to have children for 5 years.  We went to numerous doctors and went through fertility treatment after treatment to become pregnant.  In December 2010, after several failed artificial insemination attempts, Austin and I found out that our best chance for achieving pregnancy was through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). It was not the answer to our infertility that we had hoped to hear, but it allowed us to grow closer as we faced this challenge together.  Austin's grandma contacted us with a newspaper article about a couple who had held fundraisers to pay for their own IVF procedure.  We contacted this couple, Allen and Jill Witt, asking for advice on how to get a fundraiser started. Jill informed us that she had started an organization called Pound the Pavement for Parenthood and this organization wanted to sponsor us for an upcoming 5K race.  We couldn't have been more surprised and thrilled!  Jill, her team, our families and friends helped us successfully raise the funds for our IVF.  They have helped us more than we can describe, and not just through financial support.  It's been a great help to Austin and me to read about Jill's own experience with IVF on her blog.

On September 1, 2012, our twins, Sarah and Coulson, were born!  We will be forever grateful for the help  of Pound the Pavement for Parenthood for helping us begin our family!" - Amanda

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