Gift of Hope IVF Grant Recipients

Since 2006, the Gift of Hope IVF grant has given hope to Louisiana couples struggling with infertility.

Hope for building their families through the gift of an IVF cycle or, in some years, maybe an IUI cycle. Grant recipients are chosen by an independent committee who assesses their need for IVF or IUI along with income parameters and their personal struggles with infertility. Their journeys will educate you on the emotional roller coaster of an infertility diagnosis and its treatment, and possibly even make you cry. But what we wish most is that these stories of hope about our Gift of Hope grant recipients will inspire you.

Heather & Tyler Quirk Gift of Hope IVF Grant 2020 recipientsGift of Hope 2020 – Heather & Tyler: Couple endures many doctors, numerous treatments and countless negative pregnancy tests on their quest for a family

Lafayette couple chosen for Gift of Hope IVF Grant

From the beginning of their relationship, Heather and Tyler, both now in their early thirties, knew there was one thing their future held – a family. “Two, three, maybe four kids,” recalls Heather. “We dreamed of all the things: their names, who they might look like, what schools we would send them to.” READ MORE…

gift of hope ivf grant 2019Gift of Hope 2019 – Vanessa & Chandler: Couple who are carriers of fatal genetic disease chosen as Gift of Hope IVF Grant 2019 recipients

Plaquemine couple chosen for Gift of Hope IVF Grant

Vanessa and Chandler designed their lives around the children they would one day have. They would buy a home, then start their family and live happily ever after. Not long after they married, they bought their home and the two blue lines on their pregnancy test revealed that they were also pregnant. READ MORE…

gift of hope ivf grant 2018Gift of Hope 2018 – Sara & Scott: Unexplained infertility has couple searching for answers

Rayne couple awarded Gift of Hope IVF Grant

Both now in their thirties, Sara and Scott’s love story began in high school during a driver’s ed class when they realized they had an incredible connection. What began as a friendship blossomed into a beautiful marriage that is now going on fifteen years. READ MORE…

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Gift of Hope 2017 – Jordan & Daniel: Male fertility issues complicate couple’s efforts to have a baby

Sulphur couple awarded Gift of Hope IVF grant

As a girl growing up, Jordan played two things: house and school. For hours at a time, she could be found comforting babies, cooking supper, and balancing the tough job of being a teacher to a class full of Beanie Babies. In her mind, she could do all three tasks at once. READ MORE…

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Gift of Hope 2017 – Kaitlyn & Jared: A second chance after cancer, family tragedy and natural disaster

Baton Rouge couple awarded Gift of Hope IVF grant

At 21 years old, Jared Guzzardo faced the biggest challenge of his life. After being admitted to the hospital with pneumonia, tests revealed a softball-sized tumor inside his chest and he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Months of chemotherapy and radiation followed, but proactive steps initiated by Jared’s mom ensured the future of his children: she arranged for Jared to freeze his sperm prior to his treatments. READ MORE…

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Gift of Hope 2017 – Rachel & Matthew: High school sweethearts coping with male infertility ready to welcome a baby

Baton Rouge couple awarded Gift of Hope IUI grant

Rachel and Matthew’s story begins in the halls of Zachary High School in 1999. High school sweethearts, the couple married in 2005 and started thinking about having a family. They tried to conceive on their own for a few years and in 2008 decided it was time to consult with an expert and made an appointment with her OB-Gyn. He gave them clear guidelines how to increase their chances of conceiving and using over-the-counter ovulation kits. With their new-found knowledge they tried a little longer on their own, but after a year of no success they knew they needed to explore their issues further. READ MORE…

Gift of Hope ivf grant 2016Gift of Hope 2016 – Jenean & Kirk: Male and female fertility issues compound couple’s chances of having a child

Lake Charles couple awarded Gift of Hope IVF grant

As a Lake Charles patrol officer and member of the SWAT team, Kirk Dugas is trained to anticipate all kinds and manner of situations and threats. Though his job is not as glamorous as film and television often portray it, at times it can be quite challenging. On any given day he needs to be ready physically and mentally to deal with accidents, injuries, abuse, crime and sometimes death. Interacting with victims of crime and families of lost or injured loved ones is difficult and painful, but it’s perhaps the most important part of his job.  READ MORE…

IVF grantGift of Hope 2016 – Margo & John: Hopeful parents struggling with severe endometriosis wins chance to build family

Baton Rouge couple awarded Gift of Hope IVF grant

When Margo Kitto was 5 years old, she packed her bags and walked out the door of her parents’ house. Confidently, she told her mom she was moving out and starting a family. Her mom giggled, turned her around in the direction of home and told her, “Be patient, you will get there.”

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Gift of Hope 2015 – Jamie & Shedran: Ectopic pregnancies and recurrent loss become roadblocks for couple wanting a child

Geismar couple awarded Gift of Hope IVF grant

“If you don’t cry, I won’t cry,” is the voice Jamie Reese hears over and over again as she remembers the recurring pregnancy losses she has endured over the last seven years. It is the voice of her husband, Shedran, as he has tried to console Jamie and himself after each pregnancy came to an end. READ MORE…

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Gift of Hope 2014 – Jennifer & Matt: Years of infertility leave Louisiana couple yearning for a child

Thibodaux couple awarded Gift of Hope IVF grant

When her mother-in-law, Sandra, suddenly died in January 2013, Jennifer Gaubert lost not only her husband’s mother, but her biggest supporter, the one woman whose love and prayers meant so much to her during her and husband Matthew’s years-long journey with infertility. READ MORE…

Gift of Hope 2013, IVF grant recipientsGift of Hope 2013 – Michelle & Chad: Male factor infertility proves an obstacle to family building

Breaux Bridge couple awarded Gift of Hope IVF grant

Michelle and Chad Taylor have had their fair share of disappointment throughout their journey with infertility. Years of doctors’ appointments, testing, treatment, finally pregnancy and then miscarriage, and then additional testing and treatment leading only to more frustration and disappointment. All heart-breaking and crushing and incredibly expensive. READ MORE…

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Gift of Hope 2012 – Shawna & Colby: Unexplained infertility frustrates couple wishing to have a family

Carencro couple awarded Gift of Hope IVF grant

For Shawna and Colby, having no explanation for their inability to conceive a child is incredibly frustrating and devastating. After every failed IUI, Shawna would ask herself, “Are we horrible people that don’t deserve a child?” The cost of infertility treatments has been financially draining, and the price of IVF, their next step in their infertility care and the one that offers the best chance for her to conceive, is a procedure not covered by the couple’s health insurance. READ MORE…

Gift of Hope 2012 – Amber & Ryan:gift of hope iui grant Male and female infertility complicate couple’s efforts to have a baby

Patterson couple awarded Gift of Hope IUI grant

Amber and Ryan’s story begins in 2007. Newly married, the couple was intent on starting a family they both dreamed of since they were young. After trying for almost a year to get pregnant, Amber finally got a positive pregnancy test. They were ecstatic and immediately headed out to tell family, friends and soon enough the whole world. They thought of nothing else but what their baby would look like and how it would feel to hold him or her in their arms. READ MORE…

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Gift of Hope 2011 – Jill & Michael: Soldier and his wife struggling with PCOS find hope

Fort Polk couple awarded Gift of Hope IVF grant

May 2011 – Jill and Michael Crommelin never thought that starting a family would turn into such a rollercoaster of a ride. Jill was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, PCOS for short, back in 2006 around the time she and Michael got married. To be parents and to grow as a family was their goal as a newly married couple. Both Jill, a 5th grade teacher at Pine Wood Elementary School in DeRidder, and Michael, a soldier in the Army stationed at Fort Polk, LA, come from close-knit families and they could not wait to add more love to the mix. READ MORE…

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Gift of Hope 2010 – Robin & Dion: Award sheds light on endometriosis-related infertility

Ville Platte couple awarded Gift of Hope IVF grant

Having a family has always been a dream of the Carter’s, who both come from close-knit families. Dion is one of six children from the Bayou Chicot area, while Robin is extremely close to her mother and sister who live in Opelousas. Mother’s Day, Robin says, is always an emotional time for her, especially when she is at church with her mother and sister, who also suffers from endometriosis. READ MORE…

gift of hope iui grant 2010Gift of Hope 2010 – Faith & Joshua: Unexplained infertility leads them to Gift of Hope

Lafayette couple awarded Gift of Hope IUI grant

Joshua and Faith Garbett had no idea it would be such a challenge to have a child. The couple dated for 10 years before getting married. After years of being friends, their friendship blossomed into a more serious relationship. Both in their 30s and a first marriage for both, they immediately began to try for a baby, thinking it would take only a few months to get pregnant. READ MORE…

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Gift of Hope 2009 – Jesse & Shane: Childhood cancer reason for infertility

Lafayette couple awarded Gift of Hope IVF grant

At the age of 5, Shane Cayce was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphona and was treated with chemotherapy and radiation after the tumor in his colon was surgically removed. At the time, his parents were told that long-term side effects to the drugs administered to Shane were unknown, but sterility and organ damage were high on the list. READ MORE…

gift of hope ivf grant 2009Gift of Hope 2009 – Michele & Kip: Ectopic pregnancies leave little hope for pregnancy

Kaplan couple awarded Gift of Hope IVF grant

Michele Trahan, who works for the Vermilion Parish Clerk of Court, and her husband Kip, an offshore dispatcher, were ecstatic upon hearing the news that they had been selected as one of the Gift of Hope IVF grant 2009 couples. The Trahans have been trying to start their family for over five years but after three ectopic pregnancies and one miscarriage, Michele was left with only one fallopian tube and little hope for getting pregnant without advanced fertility treatments. After trying several fertility treatments and a surgery without success, the Trahan’s were advised that in vitro fertilization would be their only chance of conception, a procedure their health insurance does not cover. READ MORE…

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Gift of Hope 2008 – Rachel & Tony: Male infertility overcome through the Gift of Hope

Lake Charles couple awarded Gift of Hope IVF grant

For Rachel Bourque, having a child of her own has always been her goal in life. She went in to teaching as a career just to be close to the children she loves. Rachel also runs the children’s service each Sunday at Water’s Edge Church where her husband Tony is the senior pastor. “But my lifelong dream has always been to be a stay-at-home mom,” said Rachel. “Tony knows that I will live off of bread and peanut butter to stay home with my kids if I ever get the chance to be a mom.” READ MORE…

Gift of Hope 2007, IVF grant recipients

Gift of Hope 2007 – Beth & Eric: The wonders of science lead to the miracle of birth

Rayne couple awarded the Gift of Hope IVF grant

Beth McCleery, a 5th grade school teacher, knew something was wrong fairly soon after getting married. She and her husband, Eric, a software trainer, had begun trying to conceive right away after their 2004 wedding. But by the end of 2005, they were still waiting. Not an inordinately long time for relatively young newlyweds. It was more an instinct than anything else that told Beth that there might be another reason they were still waiting for a child of their own. READ MORE…

gift of hope ivf grant 2007Gift of Hope 2007 – Bridgette & Ryan: History of testicular cancer leaves couple infertile

Breaux Bridge couple awarded Gift of Hope IVF grant

Bridgette and Ryan knew from the start that they would never have kids the “regular way.” At the age of 15, Ryan was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Seeking treatment at MD Anderson, they also found spots near his lungs, in his abdomen and lymph nodes and chemotherapy was needed. The doctors explained that he would probably be sterile after treatment, but technology was available that could freeze his sperm for 5 years. As a 15-year-old, Ryan was overwhelmed with the news of his cancer and was just focused on getting better. He thought that there would be no way that he would be having children by the age of 20, so opted not to have his sperm frozen. READ MORE…

Gift of Hope 2006, IVF grant recipients

Gift of Hope 2006 – Laura & Terry: A Lafayette doctor and his wife create the perfect gift for couples with infertility

Lafayette couple awarded first Gift of Hope IVF grant

On Saturday, April 14, 2007, at 6:46 p.m., weighing seven pounds two ounces, Hope Elizabeth Hughes was born at Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Lafayette. Hope’s mother, Laura Hughes, chose natural childbirth and was in labor for 23 hours before she and her husband, Terry, finally held their daughter in their arms. While the birth was fairly routine, the couple’s journey to that moment was anything but ordinary. READ MORE…