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Orem couple earns first Hope for Fertility Foundation grant

By Karissa Neely daily Herald - | Mar 17, 2017
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Tyler and Kelsey Redd pose for a portrait on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in the basement of the SecurityMetrics building in Orem. They were there as the first recipients of the Hope for Fertility Foundation grant, which will help them pay for fertility treatment.

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Kelsey and Tyler Redd thank the Hope for Fertility Foundation on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, for awarding them grant money to pay for fertility treatment. The Redds were the first recipients of the foundation's first grant.

Tyler and Kelsey Redd of Orem have been married for nine years. Like too many couples today, they have unsuccessfully tried to conceive.

The Redds’ story has become more common in society today, as one in eight couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy, according to the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But just because it’s more common doesn’t make it any easier.

“Infertility feels so lonely. You just don’t fit in with your peers anymore — they all have three children now,” Kelsey said. She is 28 and Tyler is 33. “And it’s an emotional roller coaster of failed treatments. You’re spending thousands of dollars, and it’s heartbreaking when those fail. Hope is lost every time.”

The Redds have a little bit of hope back after receiving a $3,500 grant for in-vitro fertilization Wednesday evening. One round of IVF treatment costs between $14,000 and $16,000, and most health insurances do not cover IVF treatments, medications or consultations. The grant won’t cover all the Redds’ costs, but it helps get them started.

“Without the grant, there’s no way we could have afforded it again,” Kelsey said.

The Redds were the first Hope for Fertility Foundation grant recipients. The small group gathered in the Orem SecurityMetrics basement Wednesday for the Redds’ grant presentation may not have seemed significant in number, but they quietly represented the large number of those who silently struggle with infertility.

Orem residents Chase and Tedi Palmer know this segment of society very well. They started the Hope for Fertility Foundation almost exactly a year ago, with the express focus on fundraising to provide monetary help to those couples undergoing IVF treatment.

“From the outside, these couples look like normal people, but with every baby announcement, every parent complaining how hard parenting is, a part of them breaks inside,” Chase Palmer said. “We wanted to bring back hope in the lives of those who feel there is none.”

At the same time they were formulating a nonprofit organization to help others, they also were in the midst of their own infertility struggles. The Palmers also have been married for nine years and have been battling infertility for seven years. In the midst of doing two rounds of IVF in 2016 — the first of which resulted in a pregnancy, but also a miscarriage only a few weeks down the line — the Palmers cemented their plans to reach out to others suffering similar situations.

“We’ve always wanted to be able to help people, and we thought what better way than to help others struggling with the costs,” Tedi Palmer said.

The Palmers raised the Redds’ grant funds through their own community efforts, but plan to partner with businesses and hold regular fundraisers in the future. Their goal is to be able to award a grant of about $10,000 twice a year to struggling couples.

To find out more about the Palmers’ foundation visit, www.hopeforfertility.org.

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