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Where Were YOU When We Gave Away a Free IVF Cycle?

By Tracey Minella

August 27th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

 

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On Saturday night, Long Island IVF and the Cade Foundation hosted a fabulous infertility fundraiser…Dancing for the Family… at the breathtaking Dance With Me studio in Glen Head, NY—home of Dancing with the Stars® champion dancers.

There was music and dancing with all attendees enjoying professional dance lessons. Food and drinks and desserts for all. A silent auction. All for only $65. And perhaps the best part: a fabulous door prize of a free IVF cycle, valued at approximately $10,000 to help one infertile couple start or build their family. To have a baby through a treatment they otherwise may not be able to afford.

This free IVF cycle was transferable, meaning that someone could win it for someone else. So friends and family could come down and not only have a fun night, but could possibly become some couple’s hero by winning the prize for them. So many people who are open about their infertility struggle have loved ones who want to help them and this was the perfect opportunity.

And that’s what happened on Saturday night. Someone won it for her friend. What a gift! Can you imagine what happened between them when she shared the news?

Plenty of folks were out there on the dance floor, taking advantage of this fabulous opportunity to win the chance for themselves or their friends to have a baby. They all enjoyed a fun evening while also raising money for the Cade Foundation to continue to fund infertility and adoption grants and educational programs in our area and throughout the country. But…there was room for more. The night had it all: music, dance lessons, food, drinks, dessert and the best door prize imaginable. And everyone who came felt the magic in the air.

So…where were you?

Seriously, we want to know what kept those of you we missed from attending. Because we want you there the next time. Would you take a moment to let us know?

Did you not hear about the event in time? Was the ticket too costly? Did you stay away for privacy concerns? Was the location inconvenient? Was the dance night theme unappealing? Was the date inconvenient or did it conflict with other vacation plans? Was it something else?

Help us help you. Let us know what kept you and your friends from being part of this fabulous event. Your suggestions may help us plan our next amazing event.

And for those who were there…thank you for making it such a special night. We know that not winning the door prize hurts. A lot. That’s the hard part for us, too. But we encourage you all to research the grant options available through Long Island IVF and the Cade Foundation on our respective websites. And keep following us for any future special events.

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What did you think of the event if you went? And if you missed it, let us know why.

 

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Be a Hero: Win a Free IVF Cycle for Someone You Love

By Tracey Minella

August 21st, 2014 at 7:23 am

Everyone knows someone who is suffering from infertility. And you wish you could do something to help.

Now you can.

Some infertile people suffer in silence and unnecessary shame. Others are open about the devastation of wanting a baby but not being able to have one without medical intervention. And sadly, not being able to afford costly medical treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF) is the number one reason some people will never become parents.

Who do you know that is suffering? Is it you? Your best friend? A sibling or co-worker? Maybe your own grown child or grandchild? What about that wonderful, child-loving person…that favorite “aunt” to everyone else’s kids… who would make the perfect mom but, oddly, hasn’t had a child of her own yet?

These people need you. Now.

It is time for a random act of kindness. Now.

Here is how you can be a hero today. Buy a ticket to our Dancing for the Family event this Saturday August 23, 2014. Long Island IVF is donating a Free IVF cycle as a door prize at the event. The value of this prize is approximately $10,000 in monetary terms. But for a couple who needs to win it in order to build a family…it’s priceless. How to you put a value on a family?

The Free IVF cycle is TRANSFERABLE*. This is HUGE. It means you can win it for someone you love…or even someone you just like a lot. If you can use it yourself, you’ve likely dreamt of how it would feel to win it. But for those who don’t need it for themselves, just picture how overwhelmed your suffering friend or family member would be if you presented them with this opportunity to get pregnant? Can you even imagine that moment?

How often do we get a chance to make a real difference in someone’s world on a large scale? Like an entrepreneur or charitable organization can? Wouldn’t we all love to have $10,000 or more to help someone in need? Well, here is that chance. It’s not cash, but it’s a potentially life-changing opportunity which may literally deliver a priceless gift.

$65.

An evening of music, professional dance lessons, food, drink, desserts, a silent auction…all in the breath-taking home dance studio of Dancing With the Stars® champions! So order your ticket today and we’ll be seeing you at Dance With Me Studios in Glen Head, NY on Saturday night from 6-9 pm. Tickets are limited. Get your friends together and come out for a good time and a good cause.

For details* about the event, including the Free IVF door prize, and to order tickets click here: http://bit.ly/1p8hDZ9

Someone needs you to take this chance. Will you?

 

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If you’re coming already, that’s great! And if not…Why haven’t you ordered your tickets yet?!

 

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Score a Free Ticket to Our Free IVF Door Prize Event

By David Kreiner MD

August 15th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

There are two separate events next Saturday, August 23 and while they are both being hosted by Long Island IVF and the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation, they are very different.

The first is a free public educational forum at the Jericho Public Library called “Different Pathways Toward Parenthood”. The second event, “Dancing for the Family” begins later that evening at Dance With Me Long Island studios in Glen Head, and it requires a ticket.

Here’s how you might score a free general admission ticket (valued at $65) to the Dancing for the Family event.

Show up at 1pm on August 23rd at the Jericho Public Library for The Cade Foundation and Long Island IVF’s free seminar on fertility and adoption including medical, legal, psychological, donor and acupuncture services.

As a teaser I am showing you the medical version. Watch this video carefully before the seminar. http://youtu.be/BCOuAPckKVI

I will ask a question at the seminar that comes from this video.

The first individual who answers correctly wins a free ticket to our fabulous event…“Dancing for the Family”… later that same evening. This infertility benefit is being held at Maks, Val and Tony’s (from Dancing with the Stars®) Dance With Me Studio in Glen Head, Long Island from  6- 9 pm. It includes dance lessons, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a silent auction. One attendee will win a free IVF cycle door prize donated by Long Island IVF.

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, go here: http://bit.ly/1p8hDZ9

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Will we see you at our events next weekend?

 

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Long Island IVF Presents at Free Public Family-Building Forum

By Tracey Minella

August 13th, 2014 at 10:04 am

Long Island IVF is excited to be part of The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation’s free public event on the afternoon of August 23, 2014 at the Jericho Public Library entitled:

Different Pathways Toward Parenthood: An Educational Panel on Overcoming Infertility

This educational event… designed to further the Cade Foundation’s mission of helping families overcome infertility… will feature a panel of five experts in various fields related to family-building, including:

David Kreiner, MD:  Fertility specialist and Reproductive Endocrinologist, Long Island IVF

Carolyn Berger, LCSW: Mental Health Care Provider

Amy Demma, Esq.: Attorney and expert in third party fertility contracts

Jim Vitale, Suffolk County Acupuncture

Timothy Sutfin, New Beginnings Adoption Agency

 

There are many ways to build a family and if you or someone you know would like to know more, you will want to register for and attend this free event to be held at the Jericho Public Library, located at 1 Merry Lane Jericho, NY from 1:00-3:00 pm on Saturday August 23, 2014. And after learning so much about family-building, you may want to kick back and enjoy a fun night out… so be sure to read the bold message at the bottom of this post!

To register for this free educational afternoon event, visit: https://cadelongislandoutreach.eventbrite.com Questions may be directed to the Cade Foundation at (443)896-6504.

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The fun continues…

In addition, those interested in winning a free IVF cycle from Long Island IVF might want to attend a very special infertility fundraiser that same evening, from 6:00-9:00 pm. Long Island IVF and Cade host “Dancing for the Family” at the beautiful Dance With Me Long Island® studio that is home to Dancing with the Stars® champion dancers, in Glen Head, NY. Have a professional dance lesson and dance the night away, enjoying drinks, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a silent auction for only $65 (or $100 VIP). One lucky attendee will win a Free IVF cycle, valued at approximately $10,000. The cycle is transferable once (subject to certain restrictions), so bring all your friends and family to increase your odds of winning. Tickets are limited so buy yours today. For details and to purchase your tickets to the evening’s dance event, click here: http://bit.ly/1p8hDZ9

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Will we see you at the free event? Do you have any questions you’d like Dr. Kreiner to answer?

 

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Baby Picture Walls Opinion Survey

By Tracey Minella

August 12th, 2014 at 8:55 am

There was an interesting piece in the New York Times Sunday about “Baby Pictures at the Doctor’s office” and the potential privacy issues surrounding them.  http://nyti.ms/1ovHH3h

Often, patients send their doctors holiday photo cards. You may have seen them at your family physician’s office. Or at the dentist or orthodontist. Or the OBGYN or infertility clinic’s office. And, for step-parents or those suffering from secondary infertility, you’ve certainly seen them at the pediatrician’s office.

Many doctor’s offices innocently display these photos where they can be seen by anyone, especially the sender who shared the picture. If so, they may question whether to continue that practice after this article…at least not without the sender having signed a written photo release.

So, as offices all over the country are either removing the baby picture walls entirely or are moving them to more private areas of the practice, it’s a perfect time to ask how these photo displays made you feel?

When I was undergoing infertility treatment, before privacy regulations became so stringent, I had mixed feelings. While they certainly stung on one level, they also gave me hope and something to strive for… they fueled my determination to “make it to that wall”. Come hell or high water (as my mom used to say) I was going to have a baby to schlep to the mall and wait 2 hours with in a stiff holiday outfit for a screaming photo with Santa that would be sent to everyone… including the doctors in our life… with the specific intention of it being publicly displayed. Heck, I imagined waving that photo in the face of every passing stranger I met. Yes, the light at the end of my infertility tunnel was going to involve a flashbulb.

I was so consumed with this idea of sharing our happiness and gratitude that… after 6 fresh IVF cycles…when my IVF baby finally arrived 2 days after New Year’s (can you believe the nerve of that kid?) I switched gears and did the more emotionally-scarring Easter Bunny photo just so I didn’t have to wait another year. After all the years of waiting, “making the wall” seemed like busting through the tape at the end of a marathon. But maybe some folks just want… and expect… their doctors to tuck photos shared away in the desk drawer or chart.

I do see the other side. Seeing pictures of babies and children can be another nuisance to encounter in a world already full of pregnant women on every corner. Especially at the holidays when our hearts hurt most. Is seeing these photos more or less offensive in certain doctor’s offices than in others? Does it hurt more at the OBGYN’s than at the dentist’s office?

Though it’s not a guarantee that any doctor’s office will display baby wall photos going forward, you can make it possible for those who want to do so by remembering to include a written and signed photo release giving the office the permission to publicly display the photo when you it in (this includes holiday cards). Check with the office for their guidelines. You may have to specify, among other things, where it can be displayed (i.e. public areas of office or on the website/social media, etc.); whether your names (first, last, both, or neither) can be used, and the duration of how long it can be displayed (an expiration date or no expiration) in addition to signing and dating it.

Some doctors will continue to display the photos. Others may require the release now. Still others won’t display them in public areas at all. Regardless, most doctors love to see pictures.

Please keep sending the photos. And stop by with the babies, too! The doctors, nurses, and the entire staff at Long Island IVF love to see you and your miracles. Our doctors keep patients’ babies’ photos and letters in their desk drawers to pull out when they need a lift. In fact, both Dr. Pena and Dr. Droesch even mention this practice in their personal videos on our website at http://www.longislandivf.com/our_staff.cfm

 

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So here’s the Baby Pictures Wall Survey:

  1. How do baby picture walls make you feel?
  2. When you send a baby photo to a doctor’s office, do you expect and intend for it to be displayed publicly or do you expect it to be kept hidden?
  3. Does it bother you to see baby photo walls at doctors’ offices and, if so, are there some offices that are more offensive than others?

In an effort to give back to the Long Island community, Long Island IVF has donated a free IVF cycle as a door prize for its very special infertility fundraiser on August 23, 2014 from 6:00-9:00 pm. Long Island IVF and The Tininia Q. Cade Foundation host “Dancing for the Family” at the beautiful Dance With Me Long Island® studio that is home to Dancing with the Stars® champion dancers, in Glen Head, NY. Attendees will enjoy a professional dance lesson, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a silent auction for only $65 (or $100 VIP). One lucky attendee will win a Free IVF cycle, valued at approximately $10,000. The cycle is transferable once (subject to certain restrictions), so bring all your friends and family to increase your odds of winning. Tickets are limited so buy yours today. For details and to purchase your tickets to the evening’s dance event, click here: http://bit.ly/1p8hDZ9

 

photo reprinted with the enthusiastic permission of  author T. Minella

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“Dear Mom and Dad, We Need Your Help…”

By Tracey Minella

August 5th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

 

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It isn’t easy to ask for help. Especially when it comes to financing infertility treatments. But the sad reality is that many insurance companies offer little if any coverage for advanced assisted reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF). And while Long Island IVF, as well as a variety of not-for-profit organizations, participate in grant programs to help with these costs, the demand is always greater than the resources.

In an effort to give back to the community it’s been serving since it created Long Island’s first IVF baby 26 years ago, Long Island IVF is sponsoring an exciting infertility fundraiser event called “Dancing For The Family on August 23, 2014 from 6-9 pm and is donating a Free IVF cycle door prize that one attendee will win that night. The free IVF cycle is transferrable once, subject to certain restrictions, so friends and family can win it for someone they love. Be sure to read the sample letter below to help you invite your friends and family. Tickets are $65 and are limited. They should be purchased online in advance at http://bit.ly/1k9huoG.

The event will be held at the breathtaking Dance with Me Long Island Studios in Glen Head—home studio of Dancing With the Stars champion, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The evening will include music, group dance lessons with Dance With Me Long Island instructors (private lessons for V.I.P. ticket holders), hors d’oeuvres, drinks, desserts, a silent auction, and a chance to win the free IVF cycle door prize. Since there is no pressure to dance, wallflowers will have plenty of fun, too! The event is co-hosted by The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation® (“Cade Foundation”), a not-for-profit organization that provides education-focused programming and Family-Building Grants for couples suffering from infertility.

Many of you have family and friends who want to help you, but they don’t know how to help beyond lending a supportive ear. Financial help may be awkward to ask for or to receive. But this event offers the perfect opportunity to let them support you emotionally as well as potentially increasing your odds of winning the free IVF cycle door prize, valued at approximately $10,000. They can do all this, and have a fun evening themselves, for only $65. And by attending they are also supporting the infertility community at large.

Here’s a sample letter for you to send to your support system, inviting them to support you and to attend the “Dancing for the Family” event (feel free to tweak it as needed):

Dear Mom and Dad/Sister/Best Friend, etc.:

As you know, we’ve been struggling with infertility. We know you love us and wish there was something you could do to help. The medical treatment we need to start a family is not covered by insurance and the cost has kept us from moving forward at his point. A single cycle of in vitro fertilization (“IVF”) costs about $10,000.—an amount too high for us to ask anyone to help finance.

But there is exciting news.

There is an opportunity for us to win a free IVF cycle at an infertility fundraiser on August 23, 2014 sponsored by [our fertility doctors] Long Island IVF. One attendee will win this free IVF cycle and it is transferable once (subject to certain restrictions), so the more people we have with us who are willing to transfer the prize, the greater our chances of winning it.

Would you please consider purchasing a $65 ticket and attending the event on August 23, 2014? It’s from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm at Dance with Me Long Island Studios in Glen Head, New York– the breathtaking home dance studio of Dancing With the Stars® champion, Maksim Chmerkovskiy!

We would love to have a break from the stress of infertility surrounded by friends and family at an evening of music, group dance lessons with Dance With Me Long Island instructors (private lessons for $100 V.I.P. ticket holders), hors d’oeuvres, drinks, desserts, and a silent auction. While no one knows who will win the free IVF cycle door prize or the silent auction prizes, we will be raising infertility awareness and important funds for grant and educational programs and having a fun night together in any event. No pressure to dance–wallflowers are welcome, too!

Tickets are limited and should be purchased online in advance at http://bit.ly/1k9huoG. A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible. The event is co-hosted by The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation® (“Cade Foundation”), a not-for-profit organization that provides education-focused programming and Family-Building Grants for couples suffering from infertility.

If you are able to attend, that would be great, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. Also, feel free to invite anyone else you know who is suffering from infertility or who might enjoy feeling like they’re on Dancing With The Stars for an evening.

And thanks for always being supportive as we continue our family-building journey.

Love,

Us

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Will you be attending the Dancing for the Family event for your chance to win a free IVF cycle? Will you be inviting any close friends and family?

 

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