Foundation offers grants to infertile couples


Cat Andersen/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - Some couples spend thousands of dollars trying to get pregnant or adopt a child, sometimes without insurance coverage. Now a foundation is giving out hope - and granting money - to have children. For some Indiana couples, that money is helping their families grow.

It's hard to keep a girl happy. Try keeping three babies content. It's a 24-hour task for Stacie and Nick Vetor, parents of triplets.

"Ally is the oldest and she and Nora are identical," said Stacie.

"It's like running a business here. I make bottles twice a day which is 12 bottles at a time. They eat every 3 hours during the day and 3 to 4 hours at night," she added.

Nick and Stacie haven't really slept since August since their triplets were born, but they're still giddy.

"As tired as we are and as crazy as some days may be, it's the best," she said.

They say they're lucky to have three times the crying, triple the diaper changes, and sleepless nights.

"There are so many reasons why these girls shouldn't be here," said Stacie.

Their first challenge was getting pregnant without going broke. One fertility treatment costs about $12,000.

"Through our insurance, we had no financial assistance whatsoever so the whole entire expense would have been out of our pocket," she said.

The Vetors say if it wasn't for the grant given to them by the Cade Foundation, their lives would be completely different.

"We wouldn't have been able to pursue in vitro last February. We wouldn't be holding these three girls. They wouldn't be here," said their mom.

Born premature, all three girls had to be put on ventilators. They say after going through all that, the task of raising three girls doesn't seem nearly as daunting.

"We look back now and we've talked about the trials that we've gone through and how they've really helped prepare us for this," said Nick.

Seventy-seven miles away the Vetors story comes full circle. The couple who live in Columbus begins the same journey.

Jackie and Brian Arnholt cashed their savings in this summer to pay for in vitro fertilization and it failed. They say it was one of the lowest points in their lives. They were financially and emotionally drained. They'd just about given up on their dream of becoming parents when the Cade Foundation called to tell them they were getting the grant.

"The day Dr. Hammond called it was a huge relief off our shoulders. It was just hope that now we have another chance. We can try this again," said Jackie.

After meeting the Vetors, they are so full of hope they're preparing themselves for quadruplets.

"We designed this house for quads just in case," said Jackie.

While the Arnholts wait for good news, they'll be fundraising for the Cade Foundation along with other grant recipients like the Vetors to multiply the number of grants available, multiplying faith and families.

This year's grant applications will be available online beginning April 1st.