“We see first hand how many patients need treatment but can’t afford it,,” said SIRM Central Illinois Medical Director Gary Horowitz, M.D. "The seminars and IVF donations are our way of helping patients achieve their dreams of parenthood."
Peoria, IL (PRWEB) April 30, 2012
Sher Fertility Institute Central Illinois is donating free IVF treatments at upcoming fertility education seminars on May 10 and 11, dates that fall between the conclusion of Infertility Awareness Week (April 22-28th) and Mother’s Day on May 13. The seminars feature a town hall discussion about fertility treatment led by Sher Fertility Central Illinois Medical Director and fertility expert Gary Horowitz, M.D.
The donated treatment cycles are part of the Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine (SIRM) "Giving Back" Program. The Giving Back Program includes these initiatives and many more:
- Donation of two IVF cycles at upcoming Peoria seminars (valued at $10,000 each)
- Donation of more than 25 free IVF cycles to couples over the past 2 years in Dallas, St. Louis, New Jersey, Peoria and Las Vegas
- Offering free egg freezing for cancer patients to cancer patients to help them preserve their fertility
- Hosting free, infertility seminars at SIRM locations throughout the country
The seminars will feature fertility doctors from the Sher Fertility Institute's Central Illinois Clinic presenting information on infertility treatment and diagnosis, followed by a question/answer session where attendees can ask the doctors their fertility questions.
“Our belief is that the more infertility information a patient can gather, the more empowered she will be, and the more likely she is to have a positive fertility treatment experience,” noted Geoffrey Sher, M.D., founder and Executive Medical Director for Sher Institute. “These seminars are an opportunity for people to access information at no cost, with no obligation.”
The economic downturn is still having a detrimental effect on the many patients who need treatment but can't afford it. One in eight couples of child-bearing age need help conceiving but only 10% of the one million couples needing assisted reproductive technology have the financial resources to afford it.
Against this backdrop, the free IVF donations can offer several deserving couples an opportunity to start a family – a chance they would not have had access to otherwise.
“We see first hand how many patients need treatment but can’t afford it, especially now,” said SIRM Central Illinois Medical Director Gary Horowitz, M.D. “We want to offer our resources and expertise to help our community. That is the purpose of the free IVF donations - to help more families achieve their dreams of parenthood.”
Helping patients gain access to treatment has long been a driving philosophy of the Sher Institute. During the last three decades, Dr. Sher and the Sher Institute have donated hundreds of free treatments to patients and couples from all over the country.
About the Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine® (SIRM®)
The Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine is a national network of fertility clinics specializing in cutting-edge technology, personalized treatment and compassionate care. SIRM Founder Dr. Geoffrey Sher established the first private In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) program in the United States. Dr. Sher and his colleagues have been influential in the development of dozens of important breakthroughs in the field of reproductive care.
Further information about the Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine can be found on the SIRM website at http://www.haveababy.com.