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The Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation was created to give hope to people who want to build a family. Established in 2008, this non-profit organization helps 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 in North Carolina 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, eggs or embryos.✦ Cancer in North Carolina patients who want to preserve their fertility before they begin treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery which could leave them sterile.
The Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation was started with a generous donation from Lori and Rob Moscato of Raleigh, North Carolina. The Moscatos conceived their daughter through IVF. 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 accepts grant applications throughout the year with awards presented once a year. A Board of Directors reviews each application thoroughly as part of the approval process. Recipients of grants through the foundation will be treated in North Carolina at a certified fertility clinic, as listed with the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART); www.sart.org.
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