Kevin J. Lederer Life Foundation - 2018 Family Story

Josie and Esten

Family Stories   Josie and Esten Our journey began a little over four years ago when, just before my 25th birthday, I had emergency open heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm and dissection. I was so young, and what happened was so severe that my cardiothoracic surgeon suspected a connective tissue disorder. After consultations with geneticists and cardiologists, what …

Kevin J. Lederer Life Foundation - 2018 Family Story

Emilie and Mark

Our beautiful five-year-old son, Finn, our beloved only child, passed away suddenly in March 2018. We were in the middle of our first IVF attempt when it happened. Finn was a bright, happy, loving little boy, and was so excited to be a big brother. Mark and I have struggled with infertility for years, and we are incredibly grateful for …

Kevin J. Lederer Life Foundation - 2018 Family Story

Jeanette and Brian

We are Brian and Jeanette. We have been together for 13 years and married for 10 years. Over four years ago we started trying to have a baby and very quickly realized that we were going to need “extra” help conceiving. We started on a now four year infertility process that has included Clomid, IUI with injections, and two failed …

Casie and Clay

Greetings from Indiana! We are Team Claysie (otherwise known as Clay & Casie.) We first met in high school and yes, we even went to prom together. After some “on again, off again” dating we decided to stay “on” permanently when we got married in 2004. Clay was a pastor for over 10 years and now owns a CrossFit gym. …

Amanda and Michael

After a few years of not getting pregnant on our own, we sought the help of a reproductive endocrinologist. We were still unsuccessful after going through several IUI procedures over a four year span, trying different medications and never missing an appointment. When we found out that the next step was IVF, we thought our dreams were shattered. Ever since …

Lindsay and Shawn

“We are Lindsay and Shawn, a young (ages 30 & 34), happily married couple of over eight years who cannot wait to complete our family with a child. After trying to conceive on our own and with fertility treatments for four years, we realized adoption was our destiny. Our experience with infertility not only opened our eyes to the beauty …

Made In Chicago: The Coalition for Family Building

News Coverage Made In Chicago: The Coalition for Family Building (Formerly The Life Foundation) CBS Chicago February 12, 2018 CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Tracy and John Papach of Evergreen Park have been married for 10 years. They’ve spent nine of them trying to have a child. “Nothing was working for us,” Tracy recalled. Tracy and John Papach with Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron. …

Colleen and Neil

After a few years of not getting pregnant on our own, we sought the help of a reproductive endocrinologist. We were still unsuccessful after going through several IUI procedures over a four year span, trying different medications and never missing an appointment. When we found out that the next step was IVF, we thought our dreams were shattered. Ever since …