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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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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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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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