Co-Founder, Egg Donation Program Director
I always knew I would be a mother. From a young age I can remember playing house with my older sister, putting dolls underneath our shirts and pretending we were ‘having babies’ and planning out the names of our future children. Like so many other women, my desire to be a mother was always there. My path to get there was not so straight though – life had some surprises in store for me.
When I was 24, I was diagnosed with cancer. In the year that followed I faced multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, leaving me infertile. Immediately I knew two things: I would survive and I would find a way to become a mother. Going through this journey on my own made me realize that other patients needed accessibility to information and funding about fertility preservation, which is why I founded the national charity Fertile Future. The organization has funded the fertility preservation of over 530 cancer patients to date, and provided information, counceling and education to countless more.
For me, the worst part of having cancer was that it left me unable to carry a pregnancy. As my disappointment subsided and I began to heal and accept, I started to look into surrogacy and egg donation. At many times, I found the journey of having a child with so many factors involved was far more stressful than having cancer.
I met Lisa during this time. Since she was working with Intended Parents and we were working with our own gestational Surrogate we could support each other openly and honestly and discuss anything that arose during the process. We helped each other better understand the perspective of the Surrogates and Intended Parents. Fertility Match is grounded in the belief that all parties involved need to be better supported, equally but in different ways.
Fast-forward 10 years later and I’m a mother. I have a beautiful 5-year-old daughter who would not be here today without the incredible gifts of two different women – our gestational Surrogate and Egg Donor. When she came into the world, my life was forever changed. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t look at her and think how lucky I am to be alive and be the mother of this incredible little person.