Saturday dawned the perfect summer day for the first annual Illinois Race for the Family. The 5k run/walk, hosted by Fertility Centers of Illinois to benefit the Cade Foundation, was held at the beautiful Deer Park Forest Preserve. Decked out in “Team Baby” t-shirts, we were thrilled to be joined by 5 of our surrogates and their families – in fact, even an Intended Mom and Intended Grandma came out to participate! It was incredible to see multiple generations showing their support for infertility awareness.
Once the race was complete, it was time to celebrate some impressive accomplishments. Not only did one of our surrogate’s husband win a medal, two of our surrogates’ children were awarded medals for their age groups. Needless to say, Team Baby was a proud bunch!
We also had an opportunity to hear the inspiring story behind the Tiniana Q. Cade Foundation, which has been helping families overcome infertility since 2005. After Dr. Cade’s daughter dealt with 5 years of infertility treatment, the then 55-year-old offered to serve as a gestational carrier – and went on to deliver her 3 healthy grandchildren! The family started the foundation as a means to provide financial support to others struggling with the cost of fertility treatment and domestic adoption. Dr. Cade, along with her daughter Camille and son-in-law Jason, were on hand to thank supporters and celebrate another victory in the outreach event.
Another aspect of the event, Savannah’s Playground, was an area for families to play, learn about safety, and listen to live acoustic music. Through the Cade Foundation, Savannah’s Playground honors the memory of Savannah Pereira – a little girl conceived with the help of infertility assistance and died in a tragic accident in 2010 at just 10 months old. Her parents established Savannah’s Memorial Fund to provide an annual grant to couples trying to conceive their first child. Lisa Rushton and Charley Pereira were also present to share their story as well as celebrate some exciting news – they are now expecting their second child.
ConceiveAbilities was honored to be part of this inspiring event and to have an opportunity to share infertility awareness with so many of the people who help make family building possible, in spite of the long journey and hurdles along the way. For more information about how you can show your support, please visit the Cade Foundation at www.cadefoundation.org.