Help Ashlee and KC make their dream come true.

LINCOLN CITY, OR (US)
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Created 2 months ago
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Fertility Treatments

Help Ashlee and KC make their dream come true.

by Tammy McConnell

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  • $5,000.00

    Fundraiser Goal
  • $4,250.00

    Funds Raised
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$4,250.00 raised of $5,000.00 Goal
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LINCOLN CITY, OR (US)

Tammy McConnell is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Ashlee & KC Claunts.

Campaign Story

I have known Ashlee and KC for several years now. Ashlee and I started as co-workers and quickly became friends. I have watched as they have grown as individuals, professionally and as a couple. I have also witnessed the continued struggle of becoming parents. Other than giving them our emotional support, I feel helping them financially will give them some relief on their day to day lives.

Here is more insight on their journey from Ashlee:

It’s difficult to open up about things that mean a lot to you. I’ve been able to open up to a few people, but haven’t been able to rip the inevitable bandaid for everyone to know our story. With that said, I am sharing both vulnerability and hope.

KC and I have been together over 7 years now. We’ve been attached at the hip for 9 1/2 years. We started dating in August 2014, engaged by September 2015, and married the next September in 2016. We’ve lived in four different towns and two different states. We’ve excelled in our education and careers over the years, made lifelong friends, and traveled to many destinations. The memories are already endless and we’re only 5 1/2 years into our marriage. It’s been blissful.

But then an unfortunate reality has hit us like a freight train. Having a baby is not as easy for us.

We’ve been trying for well over 6 years now to have a child of our own. One with our DNA. We’ve wished for the names we have had picked out can be used. We pray for things like they get KC’s smile or eyes, and let’s be real – my sense of humor.

At this rate we’ll be happy with just one. As much as two or three would send us over the moon. The glimmer of hope has become dimmer with each passing month with that negative test result. I never knew peeing on a stick would become so consuming of my life. While everyone is avoiding those two lines on a Covid test, all I can pray for is two lines on a pregnancy test.

We started fertility treatments last year. We realized everything we tried wasn’t working leading up to this point. I lost over 100 pounds to help with the process. We thought that would do the trick. Naive thought on our part. We’re selling our house to hopefully get financially ahead of our regular day to day lives, but also to help this process along. Another monotonous word, hope.

We drive two hours one way for sometimes a 20-minute appointment hoping it’ll solve our problems; It hasn’t yet. “Unexplained infertility” is what we’re told. On paper, there’s nothing wrong with either of us. So why is this so hard? We’ve had three failed IUIs, with a fourth happening soon. If we don’t get a baby out of round four, we will start IVF treatments. Insert more stress here. “Just relax” echoes in my brain, yeah sure I’ll just relax.

We fully understand some couples have it worse than we do, and we feel for them. Our hope is we don’t have to continue this journey much longer and we’ll be blessed with a child of our own. But it doesn’t diminish the pain we’ve already been through. We would never wish this upon anyone.

The only thing we’ve wished for is to be parents. This journey has been nothing but cruel and devastating in reminding us we aren’t parents. Remaining optimistic has dwindled with each passing month. With our two-hour drive one way to our closest fertility clinic, hope fades. With each bill that comes in the mail because neither of our insurances cover fertility treatments, emotions rise. It’s mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially taxing. But we don’t want to give up. We just hope our rope doesn’t run out.

We’re trying to focus on things in our control. We appreciate the few who have been along with us on this journey since last year and continue to support us. And we hope the rest of you that now know will support us as well.
Again, with vulnerability and hope – we’re asking for help. Help to give us the family we dream of. Any donation is a huge blessing. If you are unable to donate, that is ok. Your thoughts and prayers mean the world to us.

Name Donation Date
Darla Nys $100.00 May 08, 2022
Brittany King $50.00 May 07, 2022
Suzi Simpson $100.00 May 05, 2022
Anonymous $100.00 May 03, 2022
Steven Brehm $1,000.00 May 03, 2022
Christy Fazio $200.00 May 03, 2022
Lindsay Atkinson $50.00 May 01, 2022
Alex Colby $50.00 May 01, 2022
cody Snidow $1,000.00 May 01, 2022
Adrienne Lemar $50.00 May 01, 2022
Stacey Mello Galloway $200.00 May 01, 2022
Mary Makennan $100.00 April 30, 2022
Anonymous $500.00 April 30, 2022
McKaila Allcorn $100.00 April 30, 2022
Laura Hottman $200.00 April 30, 2022
Jenine Kramer $100.00 April 30, 2022
Lyndsay Lehnertz $50.00 April 30, 2022
Veronica Bartlett $100.00 April 30, 2022
Tammy McConnell $100.00 April 30, 2022
Anonymous $50.00 April 30, 2022
Anastasia Markoff $50.00 April 30, 2022
Brittany King commented with a $50 donation about 2 months ago
Sending very fertile thoughts and energy
Suzi Simpson commented with a $100 donation about 2 months ago
My heart is pulling so hard for you two! Throwing ALL the baby dust in your direction! <3
Christy Fazio commented with a $200 donation about 2 months ago
Thinking about you both and sending our love!
Lindsay Atkinson commented with a $50 donation about 2 months ago
You’re not alone. I only wish I could do more.
Alex Colby commented with a $50 donation about 2 months ago
Sending good vibes!
cody Snidow commented with a $1000 donation about 2 months ago
We love you guys. We're here with you, whatever you need.
Adrienne Lemar commented with a $50 donation about 2 months ago
You two would would be the best parents to any child. Having one with your DNA is just a bonus. I really hope the very best for both of you. Much love! Wish I could do more for you guys.
Stacey Mello Galloway commented with a $200 donation about 2 months ago
I unfortunately understand to an extent (my husband more so as he has never been blessed with creating his own child) what it’s like to work, wait, worry, hope, then despair everyday, an endless cycle. So I would do anything to help a beautiful family like KC and Ashlee in any way possible. Any child born or otherwise to these two would be beyond blessed! I love you both and am so sorry for your struggles and strife and want to contribute to your hope, let’s keep that cup overflowing.
Anonymous commented with a $500 donation about 2 months ago
Praying for your little one to join in on the love fest soon!
Lyndsay Lehnertz commented with a $50 donation about 2 months ago
Faith Hope Love ❤️
Veronica Bartlett commented with a $100 donation about 2 months ago
Lots of prayers! Love you guys! 😘
Tammy McConnell commented with a $100 donation about 2 months ago
We got you!❤️