On Saturday, September 13, 2014, Shady Grove Fertility joined the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation to host the 9th annual Maryland Race for the Family. The Cade Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes infertility awareness and provides grants to infertile couples in order to access treatment that otherwise would not have been possible.
In 2014, the Race for the Family boasted 203 runners, 102 walkers, and 21 corporate sponsors who helped to raise nearly $60,000 for the Cade Foundation. Dr. Frank E. Chang, an SGF physician and Cade Foundation board member, said, “We are proud of the contributions our team makes through fundraising and volunteering with the Cade Foundation, in order to help couples overcome infertility.”
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This phenomenal fundraising effort was brought about in large part through staff-driven fundraisers at each office, with events ranging from a Frederick Keys baseball game to a potluck lunch to a variety of raffles. SGF offices alone raised over $2,800. Fundraising also took place at the Race itself, courtesy of activities including the 5K Run and Fun Walk and the hotly-anticipated SGF physician-embryologist tricycle race. This year, the SGF embryology team won the race – and the bragging rights.
In support of Race Day, Shady Grove Fertility donates up to $10,000 for fertility treatment to be raffled off to one lucky couple. “[This] is a fantastic prize that helps us raise awareness about family building for our Race for the Family,” said Dr. Camille Hammond, CEO of the Cade Foundation. “All proceeds from the raffle go to the Cade Foundation. It’s a win-win for both our foundation and the patient trying to conceive.”
Tiffany Emami-Locke, the 2013 treatment raffle winner, was present at the Race with her son Cole and is currently pregnant with her second child, the result of the treatment she won at the 2013 Cade Race. Returning to the 2014 Race brought back so many exciting memories: “I will never forget pulling into the park in the early morning and seeing the rows of cars and so many strollers. So many miracle babies.”
This year’s raffle was won by John and Lauren Heier. “After six years of struggling with infertility with no success, we had given up hope on having a biological family, but the Cade Foundation has now given us an opportunity we never thought would be possible. We are very excited to continue our journey and feel forever indebted to the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation.”
Shady Grove Fertility would like to thank everyone who supported this year’s Race for the Family: the SGF physicians and staff, the runners and walkers, our corporate sponsors, and all of those who donated to this fantastic cause. For nearly a decade, Shady Grove Fertility and the Cade Foundation have worked together to raise more than $500,000 to help couples battling infertility.
If you have questions about fertility or are ready to schedule an appointment at Shady Grove Fertility, please speak with one of our New Patient Liaisons at 877-971-7755.