Foundation aims for more affordable fertility

Foundation aims for more affordable fertility
Stacie and Nick Veter

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Indianapolis - A foundation is offering hope of more affordable fertility.

Those who can't have children on their own often give up because they can't afford other, more expensive options.

"We never planned for three babies, so it's almost like you have to have six names picked out for three boys and three girls," said Stacie Veter.

Veter and her husband, Nick, were absolutely giddy to find out they're having triplets.

"Nick and I got married right out of college, dated six-and-a-half years. We always knew we wanted to have kids and when we started down that road, we struggled. We had no clue why," she said.

Last fall, their doctor told them the only way to have a child of their own was to try in vitro fertilization.

"We have health insurance coverage, but it didn't cover fertility, so we had to look at other options," Nick Veter said.

But spending $15,000 for in vitro was not one of them.

"Financially, it was scary, because we have a son at home and want to do all the right things for him and didn't want to put ourselves in a bad place, financially," said Stacie.

They'd almost given up, until they came across the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation online and applied for a grant.

"Our grant basically helped us cover all of our doctor's expenses," Stacie said.

The foundation offers grants to couples to cover the high cost of fertility treatments and adoptions to open up these options to more than just the wealthy.

"The Cade Foundation even worked with our doctor to help reduce the cost a little bit more," said Stacie.

But just because the Veters have been released from the fertility clinic doesn't mean they're putting thi all behind them. Nick and Stacie say now they're making it their lifelong mission to make it an option for other Hoosier families who thought being a parent was out of their price range.

"Nick and I are holding our first fundraiser on May 23," Stacie said. "Our hope is that they can go from six to 12 grants. We just hope that year after year, they can just keep growing."

The Cade Foundation says applications for grants won't be available on their web site until July 15, but they will be available at the Veter's fundraiser on May 23 in Noblesville.

Indiana Cade Foundation