(PRWEB) September 02, 2014
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is pleased to announce that Tomiko Fraser Hines, model, actress, motivational coach, and self-proclaimed “infertility overcomer,” has partnered with RESOLVE as a RESOLVE Ambassador to educate the public about the disease of infertility. Hines will kick off her participation with RESOLVE by serving as the Grand Marshal and Emcee for the 500 expected attendees at the RESOLVE Southern California Walk of Hope on September 21, 2014 in Long Beach.
Hines is a fashion model and actress, best known for being the first African American face of Maybelline, from 2001-2007. Six years ago, Hines was diagnosed with infertility due to premature ovarian failure, an autoimmune disorder. She and her husband began the emotionally draining journey and spent thousands of dollars, pulling from their retirement savings, on a number of different infertility treatments. After six years of trying to conceive, Hines and her husband powerfully chose to use an anonymous egg donor, and Hines gave birth to twin boys.
“RESOLVE is thrilled to embark on this partnership with Tomiko,” said Barbara Collura, President/CEO, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “As celebrities come out about their personal experiences with the disease of infertility, and get involved in charitable organizations like RESOLVE, together we can raise awareness to help people feel less isolated and provide them access to important resources during their family building journeys.”
Hines and RESOLVE decided to partner together so that Hines can leverage her infertility experience and public image while using RESOLVE’s resources to empower women to be strong and seek support in the face of this devastating disease. She will work with RESOLVE on educational and awareness initiatives to help educate the public about the disease of infertility with a special focus on outreach to the African American community.
"Be okay with your dreams being altered,” said Hines. “The ultimate goal of becoming a mother can be yours by doing so. I did, and I am the happiest I've ever been."
To learn more about the Walk of Hope, visit http://www.resolve.org/walkofhope.
About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit http://www.RESOLVE.org.
About the Walk of Hope: The Walk of Hope is RESOLVE’s signature awareness and fundraising event that recognizes the many ways in which families are built, supports local programs for the 7.3 million women and men living with infertility, and raises public understanding of how the disease of infertility impacts families nationwide. The centerpiece of the event is a 1-1.5 mile walk, with fun activities and special awards and recognitions that bring together hundreds of people of all ages, including those diagnosed with infertility and the people and organizations that support them. The Walk embodies RESOLVE’s mission to provide timely, compassionate support and information to people who are experiencing infertility and to increase awareness of infertility issues through public education and advocacy. For more information, visit http://www.RESOLVE.org/walkofhope.