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 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.
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.”
- 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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