Those who participated in the 2nd annual Footsteps for Fertility 5k either struggle with fertility issues or know someone who does.
“It's devastating,” said Brittney Allen, who’s has been trying to have a baby with her husband for four years. “Every month just over and over and over again and just getting that negative news it's really hard,” said Scott, her husband.
The Allen are just one of the teams who pounded the pavement hoping their names would be called in the raffle to win one of the free or discounted in vitro fertilization cycles. They can cost $10,000 a try and are not covered by insurance.
“It means everything to them to be able to start their families especially with the hurdle that it is financially with the fertility treatments that are required it means everything to get the support today,” said Serena Mackerell, race organizer. Mackerell’s sisters started the 5k last year as a way to pay it forward after a clinic donated two cycles one for her and another to give away.
“We underwent our first cycle of IVF cycle this spring and we're expecting triples this fall,” said Mackerell.
ABC 4 Utah’s Kim Johnson emceed the event and got to be on hand for the big drawing. Two couples won the free IVF cycles, including Team Allen and Team Baby Brown.
“Doctors told us there a very good chance this will work,” said Scott Allen. “They couldn't find anything wrong with us we just needed a little extra help.”
“We tried everything and everything we could afford,” said Anissa Brown. “I'd given up on hope and then my best friend and my sister found this race and I just felt like I'd come back to life again.”
If Footsteps for Fertility could benefit you or someone you know there is another race on Sep. 14 in Idaho. Click here for more information.