Anyone who knows me knows that my family (immediate and extended) are the most important people in my life. I have been so blessed to have so many grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins that I know so well and have so many wonderful memories with. My girls bring me more joy than I could ever explain. It makes me so sad when people struggle to start a family of their own (since I have personal experience with it), but it hits home when it's a member of your own family.
My cousin Kenny and his wife Emily are AMAZING people. They've been married just a little over two years. They started trying for a family right after they were married. Kenny has one son(adorable) from his previous marriage, but has been unable to conceive a child with Emily. Kenny was diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy called myotonic dystrophy in '07 that can cause fertility issues. After seeing a few doctors and specialists, the odds are against Kenny and Emily to conceive naturally. If you're curious, you can read about their story on their blog.
If you have ever looked into in-vitro fertilization, you know how expensive it is. Ridiculously. We're talking $25,000 ridiculous. That's where Pound the Pavement for Parenthood comes in. PPP is an organization that helps to organize races to raise funds for people who need help with funding to start their families, whether through in-vitro or adoption. PPP picks a few couples a year to sponsor from a load of applicants. Kenny and Emily were chosen and I couldn't be more excited for them!
PPP is sponsoring 5 couples this year. There are three race locations so far in Indiana, Northern Utah, and Southern Utah. I know not too many people read our blog, but if you feel so inclined, register for a race (Kenny and Emily's race is in Southern Utah on September 14) and help add to my family. I'll be there in September!