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Shady Grove Fertility Center Presents 5K Fundraising Race to Help Families Afford Fertility Treatment or Adoption
Date:9/23/2009

Sept. 27 Event to Benefit a National Nonprofit That Serves Couples Battling Infertility

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To further its commitment to providing affordable options to couples battling infertility, Shady Grove Fertility Center will host a 5K Race for the Family on Sunday, September 27, at 8:30 a.m. in Rockville.

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More than 400 runners, walkers and toddler trotters have registered to date, along with 70 volunteers. All monies raised will benefit the Cade Foundation, the only national non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to would-be parents. Through its Family Building Grant program, the Cade Foundation provides infertility couples monetary gifts of up to $10,000 to help pay for infertility treatment or domestic adoption.

At the finish line, Shady Grove Fertility Center will raffle a free in vitro fertilization cycle (IVF) to one race participant or donor. In addition to the 5K race, there will be a fun walk, toddler trot and sidewalk arts festival. Events start and finish at Shady Grove Fertility Center headquarters, 15001 Shady Grove Road, Rockville, Md. 20850, and the course winds through nearby Fallsgrove Village Center. Register to run, walk or donate at www.RaceForTheFamily.com/.

Additional mechanisms Shady Grove Fertility Center has established to make fertility more affordable include financing options such as Shared Risk, which covers up to six IVF treatment cycles and guarantees a 100-percent refund if a baby is not delivered, and Shared Help, which offers financial assistance to income-eligible patients. For more information, visit www.shadygrovefertility.com/affording_treatment.

"Shady Grove Fertility Center is dedicated to developing and offering innovative financing options and assistance to reduce barriers for couples who seek fertility treatments," said Frank Chang, M.D., a Shady Grove Fertility Center board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and Cade Foundation board member. "We are delighted to work in partnership with the Cade Foundation to help more couples in our area and beyond fulfill their dream of starting a family."

About Shady Grove Fertility Center

Shady Grove Fertility Center is America's largest private fertility center, performing more than 3,500 in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles annually - more than all other Baltimore/Washington area fertility clinics combined. Twenty-one reproductive endocrinologists, Ph.D. scientists and geneticists, as well as 350 specialized staff care for patients in 11 full-service offices throughout the Washington, DC, and Baltimore areas. Shady Grove Fertility offers a comprehensive range of fertility treatment options including IVF, donor egg and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and integrative holistic care, as well as resources to address all patients' needs--medical, emotional, and financial. Shady Grove Fertility conducts clinical research in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health and is part of their subspecialty training Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology. Since Shady Grove Fertility's inception in 1992, more than 15,000 IVF babies have born. Shady Grove Fertility physicians have been featured as experts for comment on media outlets such as NBC's The Today Show, The New York Times, NPR's Diane Rehm Show (WAMU-FM 88.5, Washington, DC), and Parent Magazine. Washingtonian magazine listed Shady Grove Fertility among the area's Best Places to Work in 2007. Visit www.ShadyGroveFertility.com.

About Cade Foundation

The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that provides education about fertility and family building options and offers financial assistance to infertile families. This dual approach distinguishes the Foundation as the only organization of its kind in the nation. At the age of 55, Tinina Q. Cade delivered her own triplet grandchildren in 2004. Her daughter, Camille Hammond, battled infertility for years and began the foundation in honor of her mother's unforgettable gift, and for other struggling couples. Visit www.CadeFoundation.org.


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