Shady Grove Fertility Center Raises $95,000 to Help Families Afford Fertility Treatment or Adoption

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Monies Raised Through 2010 Fundraiser Exceed 2009 Event By 50%

The funds raised through Race for the Family will help couples in our area and beyond fulfill their dreams of starting a family.

On September 26, Shady Grove Fertility presented the Cade Foundation’s Annual Race For The Family raising $95,000 to help fund grants for couples who need infertility treatments or adoption services. The Cade Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping infertile couples through education, community awareness and financial assistance. At the finish line, the Cade Foundation raffled off a free fertility treatment cycle donated by Shady Grove Fertility to a resident from Ellicott City, Maryland.

Nearly 7.5 million American couples have difficulty achieving a pregnancy or bringing one to full term. Many of these couples may not have the financial resources to afford fertility treatment or adoption services. By being the presenting sponsor of the Cade Foundation’s annual race, Shady Grove Fertility Center has provided a resource to couples who may need the financial assistance for their family building journey.

"The funds raised through Race for the Family will help couples in our area and beyond fulfill their dreams of starting a family," said Frank Chang, M.D., a Shady Grove Fertility Center board-certified endocrinologist and Cade Foundation board member. "Shady Grove is dedicated to offering innovative financing options and assistance for couples seeking fertility treatment, and we are thrilled to once again partner with the Cade Foundation to help more couples afford the treatment they need to have a family."

More than 175 runners completed the 5K race, and 150 walkers completed a one mile fun walk. More than 100 volunteers worked to make the event successful. In 2009, Race for the Family raised over $60,000 and helped fund family-building options for six couples. Of those, four are currently pregnant and a fifth is in the process of adopting a child.

Shady Grove Fertility has many financial programs designed to make fertility treatment affordable for more couples. These programs include: Shared Risk 100% Refund which provides up to six IVF treatment cycles for one flat fee with a guaranteed full refund if a baby is not delivered; and Shared Help Fertility Treatment Discount Program which offers financial discounts on fertility treatments to income-eligible patients. For more information on these programs, please visit http://www.shadygrovefertility.com/affording_treatment.

About Shady Grove Fertility Center
Shady Grove Fertility Center is America’s largest private fertility center, performing over 4,000 in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles annually – more than all other Baltimore/Washington area fertility clinics combined. Twenty-three reproductive endocrinologists, Ph.D. scientists and geneticists, as well as 350 specialized staff care for patients in 12 full-service offices throughout the Washington, DC, and Baltimore areas. Shady Grove Fertility offers a comprehensive range of fertility treatment options including IVF, donor egg and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and integrative holistic care, as well as resources to address all patients’ needs—medical, emotional, and financial. Shady Grove Fertility conducts clinical research in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health and is part of their subspecialty training Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology. Since Shady Grove Fertility’s inception in 1992, more than 18,000 IVF babies have born. Shady Grove Fertility physicians have been featured as experts for comment on media outlets such as NBC’s The Today Show, The New York Times, NPR’s Diane Rehm Show (WAMU-FM 88.5, Washington, DC), and Parent Magazine. Washingtonian magazine listed Shady Grove Fertility among the area’s Best Places to Work in 2007. Visit http://www.ShadyGroveFertility.com.

About Cade Foundation
The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that provides education about fertility and family building options and offers financial assistance to infertile families. This dual approach distinguishes the Foundation as the only organization of its kind in the nation. At the age of 55, Tinina Q. Cade delivered her own triplet grandchildren in 2004. Her daughter, Camille Hammond, battled infertility for years and began the foundation in honor of her mother’s unforgettable gift, and for other struggling couples. Visit http://www.CadeFoundation.org.

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