Kevin J. Lederer Life Foundation - 2018 Family Story

Nao and Nicholas

Family Stories

Nao and Nicholas


Our journey together started when I spotted this unbelievably stunning woman across a café. After mustering up some courage to talk with her, and despite a hilarious language barrier, we clicked immediately. Since our first encounter, it has been the best six years of my life. We have been able to support each other through hardships, all of which have made our relationship stronger.

However, there was one hardship we were unable to overcome; having a child of our own. After trying for years without success, we decided it was time to see a reproductive endocrinologist.

As fate would have it, we would need to use a donor egg in order to conceive.

Nao and I are eternally grateful for all the assistance received from the professionals at Fertility Centers of Illinois, especially Dr. Allison K. Rodgers, who has been an absolute blessing in our lives. We could not be where we are without their support, expertise, and compassion.

We would also like to make a special thank you to the Coalition for helping make our dream a reality. We have always wanted to have a child and you have afforded us an opportunity not many in our predicament have. We hope to eventually hold and love our child. Mommy and Daddy cannot wait to meet you!

Nicholas and Nao are recipients of a Family Building Financial Grant to assist with the costs of egg donation.

When we found out that the next step was IVF, we thought our dreams were shattered

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