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Race helps Utah couples achieve fertility

OREM, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Five Utah couples are now one big step closer to becoming parents after hundreds of people came together Saturday to help them overcome an emotionally and financially devastating obstacle: infertility.
OREM, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Five Utah couples are now one big step closer to becoming parents after hundreds of people came together Saturday to help them overcome an emotionally and financially devastating obstacle: infertility.

400 hundred people ran a 5k in Orem raising money so couples like the Kings can have one more shot at a baby of their own.

“You feel embarrassed that your body doesn't function the way it's supposed to,” said Marissa King. She and her husband have been trying for three years to have a baby.

“When you go to the doctor and you are told you need to have $15,000 to have a baby, one baby, it's daunting, it feels impossible,” she said.

But it now feels a little more possible after being one of five couples to win help with paying for in vitro fertilization through the Utah non-profit, Pound the Pavement 5k.

“It's one of the hardest things to want a child but not be able to do that naturally,” said Jill Witt, Pound the Pavement

Another couple, the Lowders know what that's all about.

“For me emotionally that desire to want to be a mom is very strong,” said Amber Lowder.

After three years of trying, they're forgoing in vitro fertilization. “We decided to go with adoption instead because there are plenty of little kids out there who could use a good home,” said Travis Lowder.

Now they're a step closer to bringing a child home as one of the winners of the drawing. Though none of the winning couples have a bundle in their arms yet, they've been given the gift of hope.

That could be what they need to get them to the finish line.

“The bottom line is that we want to be parents, we want to bring a child into our home that will add so much joy and happiness,” said Amber.

Just two weeks ago the Lowders were approved for adoption and are hoping for good news any day.

The Kings plan to begin IVF within the coming months.
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