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Cade Foundation Paying it Forward with Fertility Treatment and Adoption Grants

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a blog by Jennifer A. Redmond, May 15, 2014

Dr. Tinina Cade has the distinction of being the oldest women to deliver triplets at the time her grandchildren were born. Dr. Cade was 55, and she was the surrogate for her daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Camille and Jason Hammond who struggled with infertility for five years. It seems that help in building their family has inspired the Hammonds to “pay it forward.”

The Hammonds founded the Cade Foundation in 2005 to provide a vehicle for families who had resolved their infertility to support families who were still on the infertility journey, as well as to provide financial support to assist with the costs of having a family. The Cade Foundation offers an annual Family BuildingTM Grant providing up to $10,000 to needy, infertile families to help with the costs of infertility treatment or domestic adoption. To date, there are 31 “Cade Foundation babies.”

The Foundation is currently accepting applications for grants of up to $10,000 per family for funds that will be available in January 2015. The deadline is June 1, 2014. All applicants must be legal, permanent US residents and have a diagnosis of infertility. Those are the only restrictions.

According to Camille Hammond, the Foundation does not fund all families at the same level. Grants may help cover insurance co-payments, or may pay for fertility drugs, gestational carriers or egg donation. The amount funded depends on the families’ needs and the amount of money the Foundation has raised. Determining the amounts of the awards is not easy task. More than 30 professionals help select the grant recipients. The Board of Trustees, Medical Advisory Committee, Financial Advisory Committee and a couple of algorithms are all part of the process of determining who is awarded and how much, with the Selection Committee making the final determination.

For more information, or to apply for the Family Building Grant, visit the Cade Foundation website.

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