Send the Stork to the Dickerson's house *Updated*

For: Eli and Elizabeth Dickerson
Atlanta, GA
Organizer: Elizabeth Dickerson
$11,215
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 114 donors
56% Complete
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Update! 

It is with great excitement we write the latest update. (Spoiler: we aren’t pregnant yet.) As you know, we have struggled with our fertility treatments over the last couple years. Our chances get worse as time goes on simply because our embryo grades are lower (and the stress gets higher).

After talking with our doctor and a few more tests for Liza, he suggested again that we consider a surrogate. There is no medical issue to “fix” to ensure better results with the next IVF procedure. But, as luck would have it, we had a dear friend offer to be our surrogate at the beginning of our journey two years ago. To our surprise, when we asked Ashley and Kevin two years later, they were still willing and even excited to be such an integral part of our journey!

We knew she’d be a good candidate because of her previous pregnancies and current health. Our doctor evaluated her and she discussed it with her OB/GYN and all the stars have aligned!

Although this is an amazing opportunity to give us the best chance with our last two embryos, it comes with almost twice as many bills. It will likely be the same cost for the treatment that was covered by our last fundraiser, but there are a number of other tests and contracts and doctor appointments that need to be completed including lawyers, psychologists, and FDA testing (turns out you can’t just put someone else’s genetic material in a willing body).

We have updated our fundraising goal for anyone who did not have an opportunity to donate last time. We really appreciate everyone who already donated! You have given us the security to start this new path with a more likely successful outcome. Please don’t feel pressured to donate. We know we will be taken care of no matter how much is donated.

If you want to see the original story and fundraiser, please check out my blog. I’ve updated pictures of our amazing friend and surrogate, Ashley! She’s a superstar!

Any amount you can donate to our fund is very much appreciated. Every dollar makes a difference; every share of our story gets us closer to our goal of $20,000 to cover medication, embryo thaw and doctor visits not covered by insurance (the original amount), plus the latest bills including lawyer fees, birth certificate petition, extra testing, and psych evaluations.

Thank you all so much for your support over the years. We are the luckiest people we know.

Click here for the original fundraiser story.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 3, 2016

Posted on November 3, 2016

Happy November! 
We've had a few set backs with my most recent tests. There are no certain conclusions either way- good or bad. Our doctor has encouraged us again to consider getting a surrogate. 
When the journey started over a year ago, we had a loving and generous friend offer to be our surrogate in the off chance that we would need it. You can imagine our surprise when we called her up and the offer still stood! 
Although we were hoping to move forward with our last chance this month (really this week), we are excited to have another pair walk side by side with us on this journey and are so thankful for their selflessness.
For now, we research insurance and lawyers and plan to make our final decision and get started in the new year.
Thank you for your support and thoughts!

Posted on August 23, 2016

Posted on August 23, 2016

We wanted to send another thank you to everyone who has helped up reach our goal so quickly! We are truly amazed at the overwhelming support from all of you! We have made our appointment for the first test and consultation appointments and could not have done it without all of your support. We'll keep you all updated as our journey continues. We cannot thank you enough for opening your hearts and wallets!

Posted on August 17, 2016

Posted on August 17, 2016

100%!!! We can not believe the fast success of our IVF fundraiser! I started it last week thinking we would need plenty of time to pay the down payment and the first ultrasound in increments. We had no idea it would take off that fast and that we would reach our goal in LESS THAN A WEEK! 
We are over the moon thankful for everyone who donated, read and shared our story, and everyone who is always by our sides during this difficult journey called life. I am uplifted with the generosity of strangers and the compassionate notes everyone left for us. 
We still have our Facebook parties next week! Anything donated during the Rodan+Fields and LuLaRoe parties will help us pay down our previous IVF loan and pay the (minimal) payment processing fee through YouCaring. 
There are no words to express our gratitude. Thank you all so much!

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