CHICAGO, IL, August 12, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- At its second annual Hats, Heels & Hankies Tea fundraiser in early August, the nonprofit Fertility for Colored Girls and partner Fertility Centers of Illinois raffled off a free IVF.
* Continuing with its mission to offer hope and access to options for women and couple of color trying to build a family, the nonprofit Fertility for Colored Girls and partner Fertility Centers of Illinois raffled off a free IVF to a Mississippi couple
* Angela and Kyonn Genes of Olive Branch, Mississippi received the free treatment
* Fertility for Colored Girls (FFCG) was started by the Rev. Stacey Edwards-Dunn who experienced infertility challenges with her husband for seven years.
This year, FFCG gave away its first IVF treatment at the Second Annual Hats, Heels & Hankies Tea fundraiser. In early August, FFCG selected Angela and Kyonn Genes of Olive Branch, Mississippi via raffle to receive the free treatment, courtesy of Torria Johnson-Driver and Dr. Edward Marut of Fertility Centers of Illinois. The Genes took a bus to get to Chicago to attend the tea.
"This is a monumental moment in Fertility for Colored Girls journey," says FFCG founder Rev. Stacey Edwards-Dunn. "Our goal as an organization has been to touch the lives of and support African American women/couples who are struggling with fertility challenges.
"Today, as a result of God's goodness, in collaboration with Fertility Centers of Illinois, we have been able to bless a family to move forward with a chance to build the family of their dreams," she continues.
Edwards-Dunn experienced infertility with her husband through 7 years, 8 IVF cycles and one miscarriage before conceiving in 2014 -- and expecting a child in the fall. Rev. Edwards-Dunn saw the need for an organization where black women could feel comfortable sharing their experiences because of cultural boundaries and misinformation.
Ultimately, FFCG wants to be able to offer up to $10,000 for a man or couple exploring options to conceive or adopt.The organization is expanding, with the national office in Chicago and chapters in Richmond, Va. and the DMV area. For more information, log on to http://www.fertilityforcolored.org.
FFCG provides education, awareness, support and encouragement to African American women/couples experiencing infertility and seeking to build the families of their dreams. Additionally, FFCG seeks to empower African American women to take charge of their fertility and reproductive health.
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