One in eight couples in the United States will experience difficulty getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. Couples never expect to become part of that statistic. One Southern Utah couple found themselves in the midst of that statistic.
Meet the Pettys
Will and Jamie Petty met in 2011 and soon became inseparable. They were engaged in March of 2012 and were married in the St. George LDS Temple just six months later.
For the next three years Will and Jamie grew as a couple and began the discussions on when they wanted to start growing their family. In 2015 the decision was made to begin the process of trying. After several years of trying, and watching family members and friends grow their families, the Pettys realized that their dream of having a family wouldn’t be able to happen without some medical help.
They sought out a fertility specialist who brought to light the diagnosis of severe endometriosis. While this news was a terrible blow to Jamie and Will, it helped explain the difficulties that they had been experiencing as a couple to conceive.
With the realization that the journey to having a family would be much more difficult than they ever anticipated they were left with two options; IUI (intrauterine insemination) or IVF (in vitro fertilization).
Both options presented by the fertility specialist were costly, but with the IUI treatment being the less expensive route, the Pettys felt like they had a shot. After three cycles of IUI producing no results, the decision was made to move on to IVF as their next step.
After the cost of three rounds of IUI, Will and Jamie felt like starting IVF would be impossible. To help try and raise funds for IVF, they attempted “Footsteps for Fertility” but were disqualified due to Jamie’s endometriosis. They felt as though the odds were getting slimmer at every turn, with the hopes of raising money diminishing.
How you can help
After much prayer for an opportunity to come their way, they were presented with an amazing opportunity to raise money to help them start their dream family. A family friend has offered to donate their 1995 Dodge Viper RT-10 as a prize to help bring awareness to Will and Jamie’s struggle with infertility.
With every donation to help raise the $25,000 necessary for the IVF, one free entry for each dollar donated will be awarded for the raffle to win the Viper. Donations will remain open until July 31st, 2019 or until the $25,000 is raised. If the funds managed to be raised, and excess donations occur, the Pettys plan on donating the extra to other fertility programs to help those facing the same struggle.
Donate today to help Will & Jamie become one step closer to having a family of their own.