Help Gracie Gain a Sibling via Surrogacy

Alexandria, VA (US)
Created 1 year ago

Help Gracie Gain a Sibling via Surrogacy

by Virginia Cinzano

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  • $50,000.00

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  • $14,505.00

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Alexandria, VA (US)

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Campaign Story

We are the Cinzano Family: Virginia, Michael, and our daughter, Grace, “Gracie.” We want nothing more than to be able to afford a surrogate so we can give Gracie the gift of a sibling!

We struggled with infertility for three years before finally becoming pregnant through IVF. Virginia absolutely loved being pregnant, and in July of 2022, she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. The moment we laid eyes on her—in the midst of an unplanned STAT c-section—we knew her name was Grace. Virginia got to meet her for just a few brief moments before chaos ensued. Doctors and nurses were rushing around, shouting commands at one another as they worked furiously to maintain Virginia’s vital signs. We heard someone call a “code hemorrhage” on the overhead, and a doctor told us, “We can’t control Virginia’s bleeding, so we’re taking her into the OR.”

The next several hours were grueling for Michael–first, not knowing if Virginia would survive; then, once stabilized, not knowing what condition she would be in. Early the next morning, the two of us reunited in the trauma ICU–we had never been happier to see each other! Virginia was still attached to a breathing tube and ventilator, but it was clear at that point that she was going to be OK.

Thankfully, through all this, little Gracie was healthy and thriving, spared from the life-threatening complications of her delivery. Almost 24 hours after Gracie was born, once Virginia could breathe on her own again, she got to hold Gracie for the first time. Our new family of three was the happiest you’d ever seen!

Shortly after, we learned exactly how grave the situation had been. Virginia had developed uterine atony, where the uterus fails to contract after delivering a baby, as well as placenta accreta, where the placenta (the organ that supplies blood and nutrients to the fetus) “invades” the uterus. These both cause profuse bleeding. The “code hemorrhage” triggered the immediate dispatch of two trauma teams consisting of multiple surgeons and other highly trained and experienced specialists. They worked skillfully and quickly to try to stop the bleeding. Ultimately, the only way to stop the bleeding was to remove Virginia’s uterus–which they did. By that time, she had lost her entire blood volume. She was so fortunate to be at a trauma center with its own blood bank, which managed to replenish her blood supply.

As a result of all the complications, Virginia’s hospital stay was longer than usual. She kept finding herself frustrated that she wasn’t healing and progressing as quickly as she thought she should. The wonderful hospital staff kept telling us, “Give yourselves grace!” Little did they know how apt that word choice was! We repeated that mantra to ourselves as we worked through the immediate shock of the near-death experience and subsequent emergency hysterectomy.

We have so much to be thankful for. We are forever indebted to the amazing doctors who literally saved Virginia’s life. We are infatuated with our amazing baby Gracie, who brings us more joy than we ever thought possible! Life is good.

Still, we are heartbroken that Virginia will never be able to carry another pregnancy. We want so badly to grow our family through surrogacy. Sadly, the cost of surrogacy makes it almost unattainable to the average family. Between the agency fees, medical and IVF costs, surrogate expenses and compensation, we anticipate spending at least $100,000 for our surrogacy journey. Most of this will be financed by loans and possibly some help from family.

We are hoping to cover some of the expense with donations.

We humbly request your assistance in this endeavor. We appreciate any donation you can help with. 

Thank you for hearing our story!

Follow our story on Instagram @giveyourselfgrace_infertility and check out our website,

Name Donation Date
Eloi Aguilo $200.00 January 22, 2024
Sarah Hill $100.00 January 02, 2024
Arlie Heisterberg $250.00 October 26, 2023
Christine OHara $50.00 October 02, 2023
Elisabeth Barnes $200.00 September 20, 2023
Francis Tardo $200.00 September 03, 2023
Itohan Otasowie $100.00 August 14, 2023
Rachel Cox $1,000.00 August 11, 2023
Anne Wetmore $200.00 July 27, 2023
Steph Bradley $200.00 July 25, 2023
Samantha Ahdoot $500.00 July 23, 2023
Lori Wilson-Hopkins $1,500.00 July 16, 2023
Sarah Vicari $20.00 July 09, 2023
Monica gable $50.00 July 08, 2023
Stephene Sullivan $25.00 July 07, 2023
Anonymous $1,000.00 July 07, 2023
Jamie Zakkak $250.00 July 04, 2023
Kelly Myles $100.00 July 01, 2023
Ramzi Shaykh $100.00 June 21, 2023
Anonymous $20.00 June 21, 2023
Anonymous $100.00 June 15, 2023
Katherine Sullivan $300.00 June 14, 2023
Jessica Porter $100.00 June 14, 2023
Lauren Dailey $100.00 June 14, 2023
Kelley Shirron $200.00 June 14, 2023
Eva Cassetta $100.00 June 13, 2023
Heather Hosler $100.00 June 08, 2023
Nicole Finney $150.00 June 08, 2023
Joanne Minehart $1,000.00 June 06, 2023
Anonymous $25.00 June 06, 2023
Shannon Quinn $100.00 June 05, 2023
Minal Bhojani $500.00 June 04, 2023
Anonymous $100.00 June 01, 2023
Casey Royer $45.00 May 31, 2023
Katrin Schulz $300.00 May 31, 2023
Elysse Heyman $250.00 May 30, 2023
Linda Carman $20.00 May 29, 2023
Ana McAhron-Schulz $350.00 May 29, 2023
Peter Abiles $2,000.00 May 28, 2023
Leslie Mosteller $250.00 May 25, 2023
Collin Horton $100.00 May 24, 2023
Anonymous $50.00 May 24, 2023
Liz Houston $100.00 May 23, 2023
Marie Dierks $500.00 May 23, 2023
Heather Thomas $100.00 May 23, 2023
Wendy Alexander $100.00 May 23, 2023
Anonymous $800.00 May 23, 2023
Allie Sonevytsky $200.00 May 23, 2023
Ingrid Chuecos $100.00 May 23, 2023
Michael Fiebert $100.00 May 23, 2023
Rachael Charron $200.00 May 23, 2023
Sarah Hill commented with a $100 donation about 6 months ago
Love y’all and Gracie! Praying for a sweet sibling for her!
Arlie Heisterberg commented with a $250 donation about 8 months ago
We are sending positive thoughts and vibes your way on this journey! We are 3 weeks postpartum from our rainbow baby. We know the struggle and hope this helps you achieve your goal of a sibling gif Gracie! - The Heisterbergs
Itohan Otasowie commented with a $100 donation about 10 months ago
Wishing you all the best in your journey towards getting a sibling for Gracie! ~IO and fam
Anne Wetmore commented with a $200 donation about 11 months ago
Sweet Virginia, I’m sending much hope, courage and divine synchronicities so that everything falls into place and you, Michael and Gracie have a little miracle baby! Love you!
Steph Bradley commented with a $200 donation about 11 months ago
To the most wonderful medical provider to our girls - Miranda and Maleah. You have touched so many little people’s lives that I hope this helps you touch 1 more that you’ll be able to call your own. We hope for nothing but the best for you and your beautiful family. -Steph, Chaz, Miranda, and Maleah
Lori Wilson-Hopkins commented with a $1500 donation about 11 months ago
In honor of Gracie's 1st Birthday. Here's to helping get Miss Gracie a sibling.
Sarah Vicari commented with a $20 donation about 12 months ago
PA Moms
Monica gable commented with a $50 donation about 12 months ago
Fellow PA mom thanks for sharing ur story! ❤️
Stephene Sullivan commented with a $25 donation about 12 months ago
Fellow PA mom sending you love on this journey ❤️
Anonymous commented with a $1000 donation about 12 months ago
Best of luck! Rooting for you!
Katherine Sullivan commented with a $300 donation about 1 year ago
Her sibling will be the luckiest kid in the world to have Gracie as their big sister. We love you all! -The Sullivans
Kelley Shirron commented with a $200 donation about 1 year ago
Love, Tom, Kelley, & James
Anonymous commented with a $100 donation about 1 year ago
Casey Royer commented with a $45 donation about 1 year ago
Katrin Schulz commented with a $300 donation about 1 year ago
Love you so much
Ana McAhron-Schulz commented with a $350 donation about 1 year ago
Hoping your dream comes true!! Love, Ana and Erich
Leslie Mosteller commented with a $250 donation about 1 year ago
We are thankful for your friendship and 200% behind your beautiful family as you pursue a sibling for Gracie!
Collin Horton commented with a $100 donation about 1 year ago
I can't wait to meet baby Grace and give you all huge hugs. Much love to you all!
Liz Houston commented with a $100 donation about 1 year ago
Hope this helps! Best of luck to you!
Marie Dierks commented with a $500 donation about 1 year ago
Gracie will be the best big sister!
Heather Thomas commented with a $100 donation about 1 year ago
Heartbreaking story. I wish you both the best on your journey ❤️
Ingrid Chuecos commented with a $100 donation about 1 year ago