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Harboring Hope at the Cleveland Clinic
Let’s face it, not everyone can afford one, let alone two or more IVF cycles. But Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center is doing their part to help childless couples who have had a failed IVF cycle build their families. According to Dr. Cynthia Austin, Director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program at Cleveland Clinic, the concept behind their Harboring Hope Fund is this: Some women have good reason to be successful but were just unlucky with their first IVF cycle. For those patients, who also meet certain financial criteria, the program allows them to do a second cycle free of charge.
The Harboring Hope Fund is unique in that it seeks support from former patients, who contribute to the fund. It’s their way to “pay it forward.” Established last fall, applications are now being accepted. Scholarships are awarded by a Board of Directors that consists of doctors, nurses, and patients who will review the applications. Funding is limited, and will be awarded on an ongoing basis.
What’s in a name? “There’s a 50 percent chance that IVF will and won’t work, exclusive of frozen embyros,” Austin says. "And if a patient falls in the 50 percent that didn’t work, it’s nice to know there’s another option waiting out there, there’s hope.”