About Samantha's Gift of Hope
Samantha’s Gift of Hope wants to support couples struggling with infertility. Infertility affects approximately 1 in 8 women and 6.1 million American couples. While medical advances exist, their high cost has made them unattainable to so many.
Samantha’s Gift of Hope seeks to make people’s dreams of pregnancy and childbirth come true. Completed grant applications are given directly to the Reproductive Gynecology & Infertility’s Akron office, and a final review is made by Samantha’s Gift of Hope.
Matt and Lisa's Story
Matt and I met in 1992 while we were both attending the University of Akron. He was there on a football scholarship, and I was a cheerleader. Our social circles came together, and this was the beginning for us. We dated for 6 years before getting married in 1998. After being married for a few years, we decided it was time to start a family. Like most couples, we waited each month hoping for a positive pregnancy test, but were met with disappointment every time. As time passed, we realized that we may not be able to get pregnant on our own and decided to look into other options.
When we found Reproductive Gynecology and Infertility, it was comforting to know that there were people there to help us, and we felt optimistic that we would figure out why we were not successful on our own. After many tests, we discovered that we needed to move onto trying intrauterine insemination to get pregnant. After several failed attempts, it was inevitable that our next option would be IVF. It was overwhelming at first with all of the medications and office visits that IVF would require. However, we were committed to doing all that we could to have success. My first IVF failed, and we moved onto a frozen transfer. With that came a positive pregnancy test, but sadly things did not progress, and we were extremely saddened and disappointed.
After all of the emotional and physical stress that resulted from going through several attempts, I decided I needed to take some time off from trying to conceive. At the end of this time, I knew how badly we wanted a child, and I did not want to live with the regret of not trying everything we could while the time was optimal. After returning to RGI, my doctor decided it would be best to have exploratory surgery to make sure there was nothing going on that we may have missed that was making it difficult to get pregnant. The surgery discovered I had endometriosis and several fibroids that needed treated and removed. Another round of IVF was next after an additional surgery to treat those things.
All went relatively smooth, and we had several embryos that looked great. I was filled with a new hope, but was also apprehensive about being disappointed again. I filmed the entire process from beginning to end so that I could feel empowered and in control of my journey. In the end, I was so thankful I did this. Our IVF was successful…..we were PREGNANT!!!! I continued with RGI for the first 3 months of my pregnancy until it was time to move on to my regular OB/GYN. It was difficult to leave their care because I was so incredibly grateful for the gift that they had given us.
Today we have a beautiful, thriving, loving little girl named Samantha. She is 10 years old and the light of our lives. She is truly a gift and a blessing. We would not have her without the amazing staff at RGI, and we will never be able to thank them enough. Samantha is in the 4th grade and loves to dance. She is funny, compassionate, and brings joy to our lives each and every day. Our hope is that a fund in her honor will allow other families to experience having their own child/children and to give them hope that it is possible.
We know that the cost of these treatments can be expensive. We also know that it is a challenging time physically and emotionally when you are trying to conceive, and you need help in doing so. This is why Samantha wanted to give back to other families at RGI who are in the same situation that we faced several years ago. Our hope is that with Samantha’s Gift of Hope, we can help families afford the cost of IVF and bring home their own little miracle baby.
We are currently working solely with the Reproductive Gynecology & Infertility of Ohio doctors in the Akron office to help us select families-in-need who qualify for and want to be a part of their In Vitro Fertilization Success Guaranteed Plan.
Applications are currently NOT being accepted online.
An application can be obtained at Reproductive Gynecology & Infertility of Ohio at the Akron office. A completed application MUST be submitted through the Reproductive Gynecology & Infertility of Ohio Akron office after an initial consultation.
Samantha’s Gift of Hope and RGI are separate entities. Samantha’s Gift of Hope is not in any way affiliated with RGI.
If you are considering applying for a Samantha’s Gift of Hope award, you can access the application at RGI. Please submit your fully completed application to RGI, which will be reviewed for accuracy. Once verified, your application will be forwarded to Samantha’s Gift of Hope. Samantha’s Gift of Hope will review your application and make the final decision about recipients.
All complete applications are reviewed and considered regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or national origin. Please note an award can only be used for services not yet received at RGI, and funds are given directly to RGI to cover the expense of the In Vitro Fertilization Success Guaranteed Plan. Applicants must be a part of RGI’s In Vitro Fertilization Success Guaranteed Plan in the Akron office. You must report to RGI any changes in status that occur following the submission of your application. The application sets forth additional and all guidelines and requirements.
Samantha’s Gift of Hope is a separate legal entity that is not affiliated with or related to any other entity. Furthermore, Samantha’s Gift of Hope is not affiliated with RGI. Each patient’s decision of whether to seek treatment from RGI is solely the patient’s decision, which the patient should make only after seeking medical advice from the patient’s doctor.