PALATINE, Ill., June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, June 23, local families, couples and individuals will participate in the first annual Illinois Race for the Family® to raise funds for families undergoing infertility treatment or pursuing domestic adoption. Hosted by Fertility Centers of Illinois® and sponsored by Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Clifford Law Offices, the Cade Foundation's Race for the Family will help to impact an issue which affects nearly one in eight couples during their reproductive years.[i] For more information, to register for the race or participate in the silent auction, visit http://www.ilraceforthefamily.com or watch a video about the initiative here.
Patients like Kelly Baskin are those whom this initiative will help. Baskin, 34, was able to conceive her son, Bo, through in vitro fertilization. "We are so grateful that organizations like this are out there to raise awareness of infertility and offer solutions without which my husband and I would not have been able to start our family," Baskin said.
Fertility treatments can be an economic burden to the approximately two million infertile couples in the U.S.[ii] According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the average cycle of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the U.S. costs $12,400.[iii] Proceeds from the Race for the Family will help the Cade Foundation provide financial assistance to couples dealing with infertility for help with treatment or domestic adoption.
"We are thrilled to be hosting our first Race for the Family here in Illinois. This event will not only help to raise awareness of an issue that affects millions of couples, but also allow us to provide grants for infertility treatment and domestic adoption to families who are struggling with infertility," said Dr. Camille Hammond, co-founder of the Cade Foundation, whose mother, Dr. Tinina Cade, carried and delivered the Hammonds' triplets following five years of infertility.
About the Race
The first annual Illinois Race for the Family will take place at the Deer Grove Forest Preserve located at 1898 N. Quentin Road in Palatine, Ill., from 8 -11 a.m. CDT on Saturday, June 23. Participants can take part in a 5k race, 1 mile walk and Savannah's Playground®, a free outdoor festival for children, their parents and caregivers.
Each race participant will receive a raffle ticket for a free (transferable) IVF cycle at Fertility Centers of Illinois. Support for the cause can also be provided through donations to the event's silent auction featuring items such as a cruise package for two, Chicago Cubs tickets and much more.
About Cade Foundation
The Tinina Q Cade Foundation (Cade Foundation) is a 501c3 tax exempt non-profit organization that was started in 2005 to provide information support and financial assistance to help needy infertile families overcome infertility. To date, the Cade Foundation has hosted hundreds of outreach events throughout the U.S. and provided 31 families with financial support for adoption and fertility treatment nationwide. The Cade Foundation also works to raise awareness of infertility by hosting free education programs throughout the country.
About Fertility Centers of Illinois
Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI) is one of the nation's leading fertility treatment practices, providing advanced reproductive endocrinology services in the Chicago area for more than 30 years. With a team of 10 internationally recognized reproductive physicians who treat thousands of patients each year, the practice has earned a reputation for overcoming hard-to-solve fertility issues. FCI offers a comprehensive range of fertility treatment options including intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, donor egg, gestational carrier, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis, as well as extensive resources to address financial and emotional needs. For more information, visit www.fcionline.com
About Ferring Pharmaceuticals
Ferring Pharmaceuticals, part of the Ferring Group, a privately owned, international pharmaceutical company, offers a portfolio of Women's Health products in the U.S., including BRAVELLE® (urofollitropin for injection, purified), MENOPUR® (menotropins for injection, USP) and ENDOMETRIN® (progesterone) Vaginal Insert, 100 mg, and LYSTEDA™ (tranexamic acid) tablets. For more information, visit www.ferringUSA.com.
About Clifford Law Offices
Clifford Law Offices is ranked as one of the top Chicago law firms, serving clients nationally and internationally with 22 personal injury attorneys. Clifford Law Offices specializes in complex personal injury litigation such as wrongful death, medical malpractice, product liability, premises negligence and transportation liability. The law firm also practices whistleblower and commercial litigation cases. For more information, visit www.cliffordlaw.com.
[i] RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Fast Facts About Infertility, June 30, 2011. http://www.resolve.org/about/fast-facts-about-fertility.html. Accessed June 12, 2012.
[ii] American Pregnancy Association. Statistics, 2012. http://www.americanpregnancy.org/main/statistics.html. Accessed June 6, 2012.
[iii] American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Q06: Is In Vitro Fertilization Expensive?, 2012.
http://www.asrm.org/detail.aspx?id=3023. Accessed June 7, 2012.
SOURCE Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Inc.