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Long Island IVF-Cade Foundation Dancing Event Wrap Up

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October 1st, 2014 at 9:08 am


It was a blur. Glossy wood floors, brass accents, perfect lighting. Intoxicating music and palpable excitement filled the air.

Stepping off the red carpet and into the breath-taking Dance With Me Studio… onto the very dance floor that Dancing With the Stars® champion dancers have graced… made most attendees feel like celebrities themselves.

Be sure to check out a slideshow of some of the photos on our website and Facebook page and You Tube http://youtu.be/w5_mHGkl4Xk

And, like those champions, many attendees were on that floor with the dream of winning. Not a trophy, but something even better… a chance to build a family. They were there hoping to win the free IVF cycle door prize donated by Long Island IVF for themselves or a loved one.

And while there were understandably some disappointed hearts, every attendee should realize that as a result of their support of this event, the Cade Foundation raised funds that will be used to help infertile couples receive education and financing opportunities for fertility treatment or adoption. In fact, ideas for next year’s big event are already being discussed.

Nothing brings us greater satisfaction than being able to give away such a valuable door prize as an IVF cycle to a couple struggling to conceive and who would not otherwise be able to proceed with their infertility treatment.

This year’s winner donated the IVF cycle to her friend. We wish her, and everyone still on their journey, the best of luck.

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Any suggestions for next year? Should we consider a new venue or dance the night away again? Would you prefer a different time of year? Let us know what you think so we can craft the night of your dreams.

 

 

 

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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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“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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An Infertile’s Review of “The Lottery”

By Tracey Minella

July 25th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

 

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“Maybe infertility isn’t caused by the disease. Maybe infertility is the disease.”

You think?

That line comes from a character in a new pilot, The Lottery, which aired Sunday night on Lifetime.

The show is about a “global fertility crisis”, set in the year 2025. The entire world is infertile. Government-sponsored fertility labs all over the globe are desperately trying to determine what disease caused the infertility pandemic in time to save the human race. Is it biological, or maybe environmental? It is unexplained infertility… to the extreme. No babies have been born since 2019…the year the final six kids were born. As you’d expect, those 6 year olds are closely watched by the futuristic government.

We meet Allison, the young, idealistic, female scientist, who somehow manages to create 100 embryos and James, her devoted male assistant. When word gets out, we root for her as the government fires her, takes over her lab, and… through the unilateral decree of a president trailing in the polls… decides to hold a lottery to determine the 100 lucky surrogates for these embryos. With James’ stolen access ID and the feds on her heels, she is only able to access the name and address of one of the egg donors and she goes to meet her because she believes that woman has the right to be a surrogate to that embryo (which she has also stolen). Did I mention she trolls the bars around ovulation time, picking up the unsuspecting men who don’t know it, but were the sperm donors for those 100 embryos (having improperly accessed those medical records too?)

We also meet Kyle, the single dad of one of the final six children born. We root for him while he battles the government who questions his parenting ways and takes custody of his boy. Oh, and Kyle’s a handsome young dad that every woman in the country (especially those in the PTA) wants to be with so they can be a mother his son (and hope for a miracle of their own.)

I have to admit I found myself completely drawn in to this show, as it taps the raw emotion and desperation many infertile people feel. Even though it was easy to embrace the over-reaching and corrupt government as the enemy, I was surprised to forgive and cheer the criminal and often crass actions of Allison and Kyle…all taken in the name of fertility and parenthood. Good cliffhangers will no doubt have infertile fans coining a new phrase…the “one week wait”…when complaining about having to wait until the next episode for answers.

“The Lottery” was an infertility action episode as much as it was a drama. Kudos for being something fresh and original in an era of mostly revamped remakes. But I wonder if the general population saw it as merely far-reaching science fiction? For me, having faced infertility, it was anything but Sci-Fi. In fact, a global fertility crisis could conceivably (no pun intended) be in progress right now. And what is a dystopian, futuristic fictional story today could be tomorrow’s reality TV.

Unlike that movie character, we infertiles already know… too painfully well… that infertility IS the disease.

Here is a link to the pilot on hulu.com (charges may apply): http://www.hulu.com/watch/663416#i0,p0,d0

***Long Island IVF Dancing for the Family Event with a Free IVF Cycle DOOR PRIZE**

If you please, for your own benefit as well as that of the infertile community on Long Island, join us at our come to our “Dance for the Family” benefit on August 23, 2014 at Dance With Me Long Island in Glen Head, New York, home of Dancing with the Stars™ champions. For further details on this night of professional dance lessons, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a silent auction and a chance to win a door prize of a free IVF cycle donated by Long Island IVF and/or to purchase tickets ($65 or $100 VIP) click:  http://bit.ly/1p8hDZ9 .

 

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Did you see the pilot? What did you like or not like? Would you watch it or would you rather watch anything else but an infertility-themed show?

 

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Dancing for the Family is on My Prescription List

By David Kreiner MD

July 22nd, 2014 at 8:27 am

 

Dr. Kreiner and dance partner


 

For two years I have been taking ballroom dancing lessons, learning such dances as the cha cha, rumba, swing, and more.  As a typical male who grew up playing baseball, football, and basketball, the idea of coordinated movement synchronized to music was as much an anathema to me as voluntarily going for more schooling decades after I had already completed my studies to establish my career.  Yet, I have enjoyed both ventures.

 

As a physician trained to observe others, I am amazed at the life-changing impact dance has had on so many of my fellow students.  On one level I see them making meaningful friendships with people they may never have otherwise met.  In addition, through dance they perform aerobic exercise that helps to burn calories, train their cardiovascular system, and prevent the arthritic effects of stagnation of joints and muscles.  Furthermore, they are releasing endorphins that are mood-elevating and their performances, competitions, and shows help boost their self-confidence and egos.

Dr. and Mrs. Kreiner at dance show

 

From my Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective they are generating and improving the flow of Qi in their bodies benefitting not only the skeletal muscular system but their constitutional health.  In a word, dance brings joy to both the dancer and those fortunate to observe the dance.

 

As a reproductive endocrinologist involved with infertile patients on a daily basis, I see the stresses and frustrations that infertility brings to its sufferers.  I see dance as a panacea to diminish the stress which both Western and TCM blame as a protagonist in the battle to conceive.

 

Yes, dance is on my prescription list of therapies for my infertile patients. 

 

If you please, for your own benefit as well as that of the infertile community on Long Island, join us at our come to our “Dance for the Family” benefit on August 23, 2014 at Dance With Me Long Island in Glen Head, New York, home of Dancing with the Stars™ champions.  Perhaps, it is your own family you will be dancing for. For further details on this night of professional dance lessons, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a silent auction and a chance to win a door prize of a free IVF cycle donated by Long Island IVF and/or to purchase tickets ($65 or $100 VIP) click:  http://bit.ly/1p8hDZ9 .

 

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Long Island IVF “Dancing for the Family” Fundraiser with Free IVF Cycle Door Prize

By Tracey Minella

June 25th, 2014 at 5:48 pm


Remember date nights?

Infertility often wreaks havoc on a couple’s social life. Couples who were the life of the party before their diagnosis may start to withdraw from social situations for several reasons including depression, apathy, and financial restraint. If the journey is long, the couple can become virtual hermits.

Sound like you?

Well, we have a very special Saturday night planned with your name on it! Long Island IVF has partnered with the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation’s Dancing for the Family to bring you an event that is the first of its kind anywhere…and it’s coming this summer on August 23, 2014 at Dance with Me Studios Long Island, in Glen Head, N.Y.

Each attendee will have a chance to win a great door prize: A FREE IVF CYCLE donated by Long Island IVF*.

So whether you were party animals who loved to tear up the dance floor or just a couple of couch potatoes who watch Dancing With The Stars®, this event is for you. You will get to dance in the very studio where professional and DWTS dancers like Maksim and Val Chmerkovskiy and Tony Dovolani call home. You should be sashaying across the floor to order your tickets already, but if you need some persuading to fight that “hermit habit” just picture this…

The big night arrives. It’s date night. At least one of you is excited enough to have made these plans. You’ll get dressed up a bit, maybe for the first time in a while. Your eyes meet. The old spark ignites between you and any apprehension melts away. You’re on your way. The studio is abuzz with excitement. People are eating and enjoying the silent auction. You’ve got a drink in hand. Moods are relaxed, the music starts, and the professional dance instruction fun begins.

By the evening’s end, you’ve rediscovered each other or maybe met some new friends who share your challenge. Perhaps you even cut the rug with one of the LIIVF doctors. You’ve danced and laughed and possibly even won a silent auction prize. Or the free IVF cycle door prize. Someone will win it. And since attendance is limited, the odds are increased.

The coveted door prize is even transferable once*, so encourage your generous friends and family… who may not personally need the Free IVF cycle… to join you at this special event to help increase your odds of winning.

Go on, make it a party. Share this event with your friends and bring your own crowd!

You’ll leave feeling like a champion for being part of this ground-breaking event since all proceeds raised will enable the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation to offer education-based programming and Family-Building grants to help people overcome infertility.

Tickets are available at www.LIDanceForTheFamily.eventbrite.com. Admission tickets are only $65 (or $100 for V.I.P tickets). A portion of each ticket is tax deductible. See details on the eventbrite link. Don’t delay. Tickets are first-come, first-served. Click the link and reserve your spot today! Go on. Click. Now.

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Will you be coming to the event?

 

*See Long Island IVF website and eventbrite ticket purchase site for full details, rules, and restrictions.

 

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