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    Infertility Organization Spotlights Women of Color, Gives Away Free IVF Treatments

    Popular culture may indicate that black women have no trouble conceiving but the truth is that 11.5% of black women report infertility issues, compared to 7% of their white counterparts.

    Answering the need for access to support and resources, the Chicago-based Fertility for Colored Girls (FFCG) NFP combats stereotypes, misconception and myth to encourage women and couples of color to build their families of their dreams.

    FFCG was founded in 2013 by the Rev. Dr. Stacey Edwards-Dunn, who experienced infertility with her husband through 7 years, 8 IVF cycles and one miscarriage. Rev. Edwards-Dunn saw the need for an organization where black women could feel comfortable sharing their experiences because of cultural boundaries and misinformation.

    This year, FFCG gave away its first IVF treatment at the Second Annual Hats, Heels & Hankies Tea fundraiser. In early August, FFCG selected Angela and Kyonn Genes of Olive Branch, Mississippi via raffle to receive the free treatment, courtesy of Torria Johnson-Driver and
    Dr. Edward Marut of Fertility Centers of Illinois. The Genes took a bus to get to Chicago solely to attend the tea.

    "This is a monumental moment in Fertility for Colored Girls journey," says Rev. Edwards-Dunn. "Our goal as an organization has been to touch the lives of and support African American women/couples who are struggling with fertility challenges.

    "Today, as a result of God's goodness, in collaboration with Fertility Centers of Illinois, we have been able to bless a family to move forward with a chance to build the family of their dreams," she continues.

    Ultimately, FFCG wants to be able to offer up to $10,000 for a man or couple exploring options to conceive or adopt.The organization is expanding, with the national office in Chicago and chapters in Richmond, Va. and the DMV area. For more information, log on to www.fertilityforcolored.org.

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