Alvarez Party of 3

Shakopee, MN (US)
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Created 2 months ago
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Fertility Treatments

Alvarez Party of 3

by Emily Alvarez

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  • $20,000.00

    Fundraiser Goal
  • $7,500.00

    Funds Raised
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Shakopee, MN (US)

Emily Alvarez is organizing this fundraiser.

Campaign Story

We started our fertility journey in 2018 when Emily was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). We’ve undergone fertility treatment on and off for the last several years, and our doctor has now recommended we proceed with IVF to grow our family. We’ve spent time praying about the right next step and are excited about this next adventure.

What’s particularly exciting about our chances with IVF is there is a 60-65% chance IVF will work in the first three cycles. The program that we’ve chosen also has a money-back guarantee! If for some reason we don’t end up pregnant within 3 cycles we get every penny back, which we will then use toward growing our family through adoption.

If it’s on your heart to support through donation we would be grateful, but we also know this is not an option for everyone. We ask that you continue to pray for us as we pursue our growing family.  If you want more details about our adventure, keep reading otherwise this is your TL; DR.

Chapter 1:

Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need. -Hebrews 4:16

In 2018 we started to pursue pregnancy on our own, but after 6 months of trying with no success, Emily’s doctor recommended seeing a specialist due to a lack of ovulation. Emily was quickly diagnosed with PCOS, which is largely driven by insulin resistance. Doctors are unsure of what causes PCOS, but it is one of the leading causes of infertility. We spent 2019 working with a fertility clinic to learn about PCOS, attempt pregnancy through medication, and then a few rounds of inner uterine insemination (IUI). After 4 failed attempts of IUI, we were both tired. The physical and emotional toll that infertility takes is akin to waves of grief. On Thanksgiving, in 2019 we felt God was putting it on our hearts to readjust, put everything on hold, and work on our finances. We pushed pause.

Stayed tuned for Chapter 2 in our next update.

Chapter 2: 

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is good, pleasing, and the perfect will of God. – Romans 12:2

Many are not aware, but from January – March 2020 we both worked extra jobs and restructured our priorities to begin aggressively paying off debt. We were both bummed when the shutdown occurred, but we were going out less, working less, paying off more, and gaining more rest. we savored every moment of downtime and grew together during the stay-at-home order. The debt we paid off felt so good, and it still feels good. That’s why when we began considering IVF we spent time in prayer and conversation because we didn’t, and still don’t, want to go back to that burden of debt we were carrying. However, we know that we are meant to be parents. If any of you have seen Craig with kids, maybe even your kid(s), you know that man is meant to be a dad. He has a patient and playful heart that kids notice and are eager to be around him. Getting to watch him invest in the children of our friends and family has been such a gift and only furthers our desire to replicate that with our own child(ren).

As we had time to reflect during our time at home, we knew that our finances weren’t the only thing that needed changing and growing. We decided our bodies also needed some work, and we needed to be more mindful of how we take care of the one body that we are given. It was time for a lifestyle change, and it was awesome! We can’t wait to share Chapter 3 with you!

  • 06-09-2022

    IVF Round 1 - Stimulation Medication

    I started stimulation medication this past Saturday and is progressing nicely. Appointments are currently scheduled every other day until we are ready for egg retrieval. So far I've felt great but starting to move around a little slower. The hope is that egg retrieval will take place sometime next week, likely somewhere between Monday – Wednesday (6/12-6/15). Stay tuned!

Name Donation Date
Logan LaBonne $200.00 June 13, 2022
Nancy Leon $25.00 June 09, 2022
Lynne Roubal $50.00 June 09, 2022
Anonymous $50.00 June 09, 2022
Missy Madigan $50.00 June 09, 2022
Alex Fong $100.00 May 24, 2022
Emily Molnar $200.00 May 22, 2022
Mike and Marissa Cicchese $250.00 May 16, 2022
Sara Anondson $100.00 May 08, 2022
Victor Quach $300.00 May 07, 2022
Jim Alvarez $2,500.00 May 07, 2022
Natalea Morris $50.00 May 04, 2022
Grant Eustice $100.00 May 04, 2022
Clancy Richards $100.00 May 04, 2022
Kevin Mayer $200.00 May 04, 2022
Anonymous $500.00 May 04, 2022
Eric Kraft $50.00 May 03, 2022
Benjamin Loonan $50.00 May 03, 2022
Nancy Leon $25.00 May 03, 2022
Katie Schwartz $250.00 May 03, 2022
Hallie Macom $100.00 May 03, 2022
Melanie James $50.00 May 03, 2022
Claire Schlegel $200.00 May 03, 2022
Brian Berglund $500.00 May 03, 2022
Nancy Alvarez $100.00 May 03, 2022
Anonymous $100.00 May 03, 2022
Karen Rowe $200.00 May 03, 2022
Anonymous $100.00 May 03, 2022
Spencer Nelson $210.00 May 03, 2022
Jacob Robertson $100.00 May 03, 2022
Anonymous $100.00 May 03, 2022
Katelyn Derricott $40.00 May 03, 2022
Abby Schmidt $50.00 May 03, 2022
Hannah Wells $150.00 May 03, 2022
Anonymous $50.00 May 03, 2022
Alicia Beebe $100.00 May 03, 2022
Hayden McAfee $100.00 May 03, 2022
Keith Mauldin $100.00 May 03, 2022
Nancy Leon commented with a $25 donation about 3 weeks ago
You will be a blessing to your young family no matter how God chooses to provide it. Word of encouragement: Similar process in my nephew's family, and they are now expecting twins within the next month.
Nancy Leon commented with a $0 donation about 3 weeks ago
You'll be blessed and you'll be a blessing no matter what path God leads you down. Word of encouragement: My nephew's wife has similar difficulties with pregnancy and is now expecting twin girls in a month.
Lynne Roubal commented with a $50 donation about 3 weeks ago
Praying that your IVF is successful but adoption is also another beautiful way to grow a family.
Anonymous commented with a $50 donation about 3 weeks ago
You two will be AMAZING parents. 💛
Missy Madigan commented with a $50 donation about 3 weeks ago
Praying for you both. You’ll be amazing parents for your little miracle.
Emily Molnar commented with a $200 donation about 1 month ago
We love your family. 💜
Jim Alvarez commented with a $2500 donation about 2 months ago
Love you guys
Grant Eustice commented with a $100 donation about 2 months ago
The Avlarezes are number 1 in my book
Eric Kraft commented with a $50 donation about 2 months ago
Good luck!
Nancy Leon commented with a $25 donation about 2 months ago
My nephew's had problems like yours and are now expecting twin girls. Blessings to you. You will be wonderful parents.
Katie Schwartz commented with a $250 donation about 2 months ago
We’ll be praying for you throughout this journey. Wishing you guys all the best! Katie & Peter
Anonymous commented with a $100 donation about 2 months ago
I’ll be praying for you both! Know I remember you often!
Anonymous commented with a $100 donation about 2 months ago
Praying for you both during this journey.
Hannah Wells commented with a $150 donation about 2 months ago
We love you both so much!
Anonymous commented with a $50 donation about 2 months ago
You’ll be incredible parents.