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Celebrating Infertility's Finest

a blog by Jennifer A. Redmond, November 7, 2013

The mood was festive and celebratory at RESOLVE’s annual Night of Hope last night at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Elisabeth Rohm, actress (The Client List, Law & Order and Angel) and author (Baby Steps: Having the Child I Always Wanted) hosted the event. In addition to paying tribute to a number of standouts in the infertility field, the event raised more than $200,000 for RESOLVE. Congratulations to RESOLVE and the 2013 awardees:

  • Robert Rebar, M.D. received the Barbara Eck Founders Award. He has served as the Executive Director of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) for a decade, and is retiring on January 1, 2014. He is also a member of many professional societies, and during his career has served on editorial board for several journals, contributed to many books, written more than 200 articles on menopause, fertility and reproductive endocrinology, and has been a principal or co-investigator on several NIH grants.
  • The National Council for Adoption (NCFA) was presented with the Hope Award for Achievement. The NCFA’s mission is to meet the diverse needs of children, birthparents, adopted individuals, adoptive families, all those touched by adoption through global advocacy, education, research, legislative action, and collaboration.
  • Dr. Jamie Grifo and Dr. John Zhang accepted the Hope Award for Achievement on behalf of NYU Fertility Center and New Hope Fertility Center, respectively. The fertility centers worked together during 2012’s Super Storm Sandy to ensure that patients’ fertility treatment wasn’t disrupted and that their embryos remained safe.
  • Carol Langer received the Hope Award for Service. She has been involved with RESOLVE for more than 30 years, first as a member needing support and physician referral, and later on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She has remained an advocate and supporter of the organization.
  • Dr. Robert Stillman, Medical Director of Shady Grove Fertility, was given the Hope Award for Service. Dr. Stillman has a long volunteer history with RESOLVE, including a position on its Board of Directors, an advocate on state and federal levels, and as an advisor on fundraising and corporate partner development.
  • Dr. Stephanie Dahl, a fertility doctor with Sanford Health in North Dakota, was presented with the Hope Award for Advocacy. She has testified on key pieces of infertility legislation for several years, and has fought against Personhood legislation and legislation that would negatively impact fertility preservation for cancer patient in her state.
  • The Huffington Post received the Hope Award for Advocacy, honoring their coverage of issues relating to infertility, IVF, adoption and living childfree.
  • The Hope Award for Advocacy was presented to four New York attorneys: Laurie Goldheim, Rebecca Mendel, Nina Rumbold and Denise Seidelman. These attorneys specialize in adoption and assisted reproductive technology law, and have advocated for and drafted a bill to overturn the current NY law that bans compensated surrogacy agreements.
  • The Hope Award for Best Blog was presented to Tracy White for Just Stop Trying and It Will Happen… She has documented her unexplained infertility diagnosis and five-year struggle to conceive with humor, courage and yes, hope.

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