SOURCE: Fertile Hope

November 03, 2005 06:00 ET

Fertile Hope Reaches Key Milestones and Designates NYU Cancer Institute as a Center of Excellence

Non-profit Organization Has Provided Fertility Assistance to Over 60 In-Need Cancer Patients and Has Helped 10 Cancer Survivors Realize the Dream of Parenthood

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 3, 2005 -- Fertile Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping cancer patients faced with infertility, today announced that NYU Cancer Institute has been designated a Fertile Hope Center of Excellence (COE). The Fertile Hope Center of Excellence program is designed to ensure that all age-appropriate cancer patients are informed of their fertility risks prior to treatment. Fertile Hope will honor the Institute with the COE designation at the organization’s annual fundraiser, Sweet November, being held on November 3 in New York, NY.

This designation, in addition to recent COE designations for the Cleveland Clinic Tausig Cancer Center and Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center, further highlights Fertile Hope’s major accomplishments over the last 4 years. Since its inception in October 2001, Fertile Hope has provided financial assistance to over 60 in-need cancer patients through the Sharing Hope program and 10 babies have been born as a result of the information, hope and support that the organization provides.

"We are so pleased that we have been able to enact such important changes in the medical arena as well as personally touch the lives of thousands of young adult survivors. In the coming year we plan on raising the bar even further with the launch of research grants, patient-to-patient support programs and advocacy initiatives at the federal level," said Lindsay Nohr Beck, Founder and Executive Director of Fertile Hope.

"NYU Cancer Institute, a NCI-designated Cancer Center, is proud to be recognized as a Fertile Hope Center of Excellence and is committed to the expansion of our efforts to educate patients and their families on the issues related to cancer and fertility," said Dr. Steven J. Burakoff, Director of the NYU Cancer Institute. The collaboration with Fertile Hope will build on the collective strength of NYU Medical Center’s multi-disciplinary team of cancer and fertility experts.

Fertile Hope is partnered with the Lance Armstrong Foundation to help meet the profound needs of patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. For more information on Fertile Hope or to purchase tickets to Sweet November, log on to

About Fertile Hope

Fertile Hope is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. For more information, please call (888) 994-HOPE or visit

About NYU Cancer Institute

The mission of the NYU Cancer Institute is to decrease and eliminate cancer as a significant health problem throughout New York, the nation, and the world, by developing and maintaining excellent programs in patient care, research, education, and prevention. For more information, please visit

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