Charity run provides hope, funds for couples with infertility struggles

ST. GEORGE – Infertility is not something most people like to talk about. It can be uncomfortable and embarrassing; a private battle for couples whose only desire is to have a family of their own. With high costs for in vitro fertilization and adoption – often couples only options – and a seemingly low amount of community support, many who struggle with infertility are left feeling helpless and alone.

But thanks to Pound the Pavement for Parenthood – a charitable nonprofit dedicated to bringing funds and awareness to the infertility community – two Southern Utah couples have been given the opportunity to receive both the monetary and emotional support they need as the group is set to host its second annual Southern Utah 10K, 5K and one mile run bringing these couples “one step closer to achieving their dream of becoming parents.”

Meet the couples

Aaron and Crystal Sevy are one of the sponsored couples for the 2014 Pound the Pavement Southern Utah race, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photo coutesty of Crystal Sevy, St. George News

Aaron and Crystal Sevy live on a farm in Cedar City. Aaron Sevy is a farmer and rancher, and Crystal Sevy works as a phlebotomist at the hospital. They are surrounded by family and friends and many adorable farm animals whom they love and who love them. They have a sweet life together, Crystal Sevy said, but the one thing that is missing is a child.

Crystal Sevy has struggled with infertility for 19 years due to damage she sustained from a tubal disease to her fallopian tubes. After treatments and surgery failed she was eventually told that her only hope to have children of her own would be through IVF.

The news was devastating, Crystal Sevy said, particularly because of the cost of the treatment.

The Sevy’s went through one IVF cycle plus one surgery to remove Crystal Sevy’s fallopian tubes and spent nearly $20,000. The pregnancy was successful but at seven weeks doctors discovered the baby was not developing properly and she was told to stop all medications and allow her body to naturally miscarry.

Kara and Shaun Cox are one of the sponsored couples for the 2014 Southern Utah Pound the Pavement for Parenthood race, St. George, Utah, Date not specified | Photo courtesy of Kara Cox, St. George News
Kara and Shaun Cox are one of the sponsored couples for the 2014 Southern Utah Pound the Pavement for Parenthood race, St. George, Utah, Date not specified | Photo courtesy of Kara Cox, St. George News

But despite her challenges and setbacks, Crystal Sevy said, she still has hope and is grateful for Pound the Pavement both for the funds, which are obviously helpful, and for the support that she has received.

“I have been struggling for years and it is such a relief to be able to come out and talk about it,” Crystal Sevy said, adding that “it is helpful not to have to suffer alone in the dark.”

Shaun and Kara Cox were married in 2011 but their struggle with infertility began before they even met when Kara Cox was just 15-years-old:

Before Shaun and I were married, we knew that we would not be able to have a family in the natural way due to my having cancer as a young girl. I was told that the chemotherapy that would save my life would also make it so that I could not have children. But that never stopped us from believing that we would have a family. We knew that there were other options such as adoption and In Vitro Fertilization. The only problem is that both adoption and IVF are so expensive. When we first got chosen as a sponsored couple through Pound the Pavement we felt so lucky. We could hardly believe that there was this kind of help out there. Just the financial help alone will be so amazing. But the really amazing thing about this organization is how much love and support we have surrounding us not only our family and friends but a whole community of people who are struggling with similar things as us. We have met some amazing people and it’s always nice to know that there are others out there who know what you are going through. Knowing this makes it a little easier to cope. We anxiously await our miracle and thank Pound the Pavement and all those who will help to fulfill our dream of having a family, Shauna Cox said.

The Cox’s are hoping to adopt.

The second annual Southern Utah race will take place on Sept. 13 at Confluence park and registration is open now. Proceeds from race entries will be split between the two couples. Those not wishing to run can opt to help the couples by choosing to make a donation on the registration form.

Additionally, thanks to Dr. Russell Foulk of the Utah Fertility Center and the Reproductive Care Center in Salt Lake City, four other couples will have the opportunity to win, through a raffle, 50 percent off an IVF cycle.

Registered runners can enter one ticket for themselves or for another couple and the raffle will take place following the run. One or both parties – either the runner or the couple – must be present to win.

“I know that some little baby could have the perfect life with us,” Crystal Sevy said, “and we want to provide that.”

Event details

  • When: Saturday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m. to noon
  • Where: Confluence Park, 1850 South Convention Center Drive, St. George
  • What: A charity 10K, 5K and one mile race sponsoring local couples struggling with infertility
  • Cost: 10K: $50, 5K: $40, mile: $30, kids 12 and under: $10
  • Additional information: You do not have to participate in the run to help, just follow the registration link and click the donation option. There will also be a raffle held for couples to win 50 percent off an IVF cycle, the raffle will be held after the race and winners must be present

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15 Comments

  • Incognegro (Josh Dalton) August 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    REALLY!!!?

  • bobber August 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    After all the news involving horses lately, I got a little chuckle from the photo…

  • CENTAUR August 27, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    What’s with them hossies? Maybe that’s the problem if they’s tryin to breed with them hossies and not each other. Is they from Hurkin?

  • bobber August 27, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    On a more serious note not everyone is meant to be a parent, and being infertile may be God’s way of telling them just that. And there’s nothing wrong with adopting…

    • Aliceyn August 28, 2014 at 6:03 am

      BOBBER, your unkind hateful comments are so hurtful. Please take responsibility and monitor your comments. If you can’t say anything kind or helpful, don’t say anything at all. You do not have to say everything that falls into your head, (verbally or via comments) you are showing all of us the type of person you are with every comment you make. It’s not a pretty picture. I’m sorry you are so hurt by life that you feel you must expose everyone who reads this site to your pain.

      JOYCE, if there are not guidelines on acceptable comments, maybe it’s time. Your www is a great site for current updated news, a couple of people are ruining this www reputation for serious news.

    • Incognegro (Josh Dalton) August 28, 2014 at 8:34 am

      I know that’s right!

    • Herd August 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      And according to herd mentality, only couples who can produce offspring have the legal right to be married. Therefore, marriage ain’t about love; it’s about the ability to breed to and produce.

  • Incognegro (Josh Dalton) August 28, 2014 at 8:34 am

    How is raising money going to help? They should just adopt a child. An American child. Not a black baby from Haiti, for some kind of status quo. That actually brings up a good argument. So your a Mother who wants a black child, why not marry a black man. Don’t adopt a black child and march around town acting like you did something special. I call it Doll Syndrome. I was adopted so it rubs me the wrong way.

    • Emilia August 28, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Do you understand to adopt in the United States (white, Asian, black, etc.) it still costs anywhere from $15,000-20,000? The money that is raised for these couples will help them to pay those costs and bless them and a baby with a wonderful life. Before you make such an ignorant comment it would be best for you to do some research and also maybe try reading the article. No where in here does it talk about them adopting a child in another country.

    • Budge August 28, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Wow… some of these comments just floor me. Until you have been in this situation there really is no room to talk. Infertility is NOT easy. It is one of the hardest things I have ever gone through. Adoption is also not easy. We adopted our first son 7 years ago (who is AMERICAN) and just happens to have black skin. I didn’t do it for this “doll syndrome” you talk about. We were open to any race. Sure there are some that do it for that reason, but that doesn’t mean the rest of those who can’t have children do. Our adoption was close to 20K. I would love to know how many people just have that kind of money laying around. This is an amazing idea to help a few people who are struggling to have a family. We also did IVF 2 years ago and our second son was born. That was also close to 20K. Luckily we were blessed with family that was able to help, but not everyone’s family is able to. Honestly… until you personally know how it feels to be in this situation… keep your mouth closed. I PRAY that you don’t have to go through infertility… and just because you are adopted… you don’t have a “right” to put down others for doing something you don’t believe is right. Every child deserve a loving home. I don’t look at my oldest and see “dark skin” I look at him and see “my son.”

      • Mean momma August 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm

        Budge, this is Josh’s idea of a dating ad. He is black, so basically he’s inviting any available woman who wants a black baby to give him a call. How’s it working out for you Josh? You and Bobber expecting yet?

  • bobber August 28, 2014 at 9:42 am

    There’s lots of good kids out there that would love to get adopted. And there’s probly a lot of folks that even IVF isn’t going to help, so maybe they feel bad too?

  • Country September 1, 2014 at 9:39 am

    A woman without kids would be considered a blessing by a lot of the local Dixie boys who can’t afford the litters of kids they fathered with ex-wives.

  • su September 29, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I’m really appalled by the lack of feeling some of these comments reflect about women that can’t have children. 33 years ago I was one of those women. I hope a lot of money is raised to help folks become parents since it costs $ 1000’s & $1000’s of dollars. You insensitive folks really are ignorant.

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