Generations of Hope Fertility Assistance Fund

Generations of Hope Fertility Assistance Fund

September 02, 2010 18:58 ET

Generations of Hope Fertility Assistance Fund: Family Fun Day Brings Awareness to Infertility Issues in Canada

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2010) - Calgary-based Generations of Hope Fertility Assistance Fund will be hosting their second annual Family Fun Day at Canada Olympic Park on Saturday, September 18, 2010 from 11am to 3pm. Admission is free and organizers hope Calgary families will come out to the event to celebrate family and to support the 1 in 6 couples challenged with infertility and the subsequent high cost of fertility treatment.

The event will feature fun outdoor and in-tent activities for the entire family including music, carnival games, stage shows, face painting, crafts, and a petting zoo.

"Generations of Hope was created to help people who want a child of their own, but who simply can't afford the high costs of IVF treatment," says Generations of Hope President, Narda Simpson. "Over the past five years, we are proud to have granted $364,650 to families faced with infertility issues for treatment at the Regional Fertility Program here in Calgary with $245,650 being used. So far, we have seen 15 babies born and 5 on the way, as a result of the generosity of our supporters. These are children whose parents had no other avenue of help for pursuing their dream of having a child of their own."

Importantly, Generations of Hope funding has also helped several cancer patients with infertility issues. "Some people may think that IVF and other fertility treatment is only for people who are having trouble conceiving naturally because they waited too long - but there are many people with serious health issues, such as cancer, who we treat at our clinic, many of whom need financial help with the costs," says Dr. Cal Greene, Medical Director at the Regional Fertility Program.

Comments Simpson, "This is not simply a case of "Oh, you're having trouble having a baby. That's too bad, just keep trying." Infertility has been on the rise for many years and there is mounting evidence that it is linked to factors in our daily environment. This is a societal and community issue with implications for our future health costs, our population growth and even our economy. There is no doubt that we should be funding IVF."

The Generations of Hope Family Fun Day is expected to draw hundreds of participants and the Fund is intending to make it an annual fundraising event.

For more information about Generations of Hope and the Generations of Hope Family Fun Day, please contact Pamela Matijon.

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