Kevin J. Lederer Life Foundation - 2018 Family Story

Raquel and Justin

Family Stories

Raquel and Justin


We have been married since January 12, 2018 and began trying to conceive way before that. We consulted several doctors regarding our issue and were disappointed to find out that are best chances for conceiving would be through IVF. We adopted two puppies, Asia and Sushi, to try and fill the gap in our hearts. Although they have brought great joy and love in our home, being able to conceive and raise a child of our own is irreplaceable. We decided to consult a reproductive endocrinologist and decided to move forward with IVF.

We did not lose hope in growing our family, and we are excited to share that we welcomed our son, Jacob, in 2019!

Raquel and Justin are recipients of a donated IVF cycle from our Partner Practice,  Fertility Centers of Illinois.

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

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