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Pay It Forward

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, December 23, 2008 | 0 comments

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Payitforward.orgNon-Profit Organization Created to Help Couples, the Military and Cancer Patients Preserve Their Fertility and Build Their Families

Triad - Cary, NC - In the spirit of giving this holiday season, the North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine (NCCRM) announces the creation of the Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation http://www.payitforwardfertility.org/ . This new non-profit organization will help people of various circumstances afford fertility treatments that are not covered by health insurance. The mission of the Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation focuses on assisting three groups:

* Couples who cannot afford fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), donor egg IVF and embryo adoption.
* Military personnel at North Carolina posts and bases who are being deployed and want to preserve their fertility by cryopreserving their semen or embryos.
* Cancer patients who want to preserve their fertility before they begin treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery which could leave them sterile.

“This foundation is a dream realized for us at NCCRM,” says Sameh K. Toma MD, Medical Director at the North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine. “The majority of couples with fertility issues can get pregnant if they seek treatment. However, finances stop many people from pursuing their options because many health insurance companies in North Carolina don’t cover fertility treatments.”


The Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation is being started with a generous donation from Lori and Rob Moscato of Raleigh. The Moscatos conceived their daughter through IVF at NCCRM. After giving birth to Sophia in 2006 they conceived their son Ryan on their own. “Rob and I feel so blessed and so fortunate to have two little miracles, each in their own way,” explains Lori Moscato. “We were fortunate to have health insurance coverage for our IVF treatments but we know most people don’t. We want to help those couples because we can’t imagine life without our beautiful children and we want to pay it forward.”

The Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation will begin taking grant applications in January of 2009. A Board of Directors will review each application thoroughly as part of the approval process. Recipients of grants through the foundation will be treated at NCCRM’s Cary or Greensboro offices.

“We also want to reach out to families who can “pay it forward” by making donations to the non-profit foundation,” says Gerald Mulvaney MD, Director of NCCRM’s Greensboro office. “The name of the non-profit says it all. We want to continue helping couples in need and not have this be a one time deal for a few people. We’re hoping more people like the Moscatos will consider funding the Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation with donations.”

Media Contact: Sharon Delaney McCloud – 919-810-5085; smccloud@nc.rr.com
The Moscatos and physicians at NCCRM are available for interviews.Visit
http://www.payitforwardfertility.org/ for more information.
About the North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine (NCCRM):
Located in Cary and Greensboro, NC, the North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine (NCCRM), The Talbert Fertility Institute, was founded in 1992 to provide advanced reproductive services to couples in a state of the art facility with board certified physicians. NCCRM is one of the most established, full service clinics in the Southeast and has one of the highest pregnancy rates in the country.
http://www.nccrm.com/

Source: http://healthcare.dbusinessnews.com/shownews.php?type_news=latest&newsid=173289


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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
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