TAMPA, Fla. – The inaugural Walk of Hope is slated to take place on October 3, 2015 at Cotanchobee Park in Tampa. The event, organized by RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, is one of a dozen, one-mile walks taking place across the nation to raise awareness of the one in eight couples and more than 7.3 million women who struggle with having a child.
Tampa resident, Jessica O’Connor, is spearheading the volunteer effort in Tampa Bay, with local sponsorship from The Reproductive Medicine Group, The Law Offices of Robert T. Terenzio, Harborside Christian Church and Egg Donor Solutions/ Surrogate Solutions. Wendy Ryan, news anchor at WFTS-TV, ABC Action News, will serve as Media Ambassador for the event.
“The walk is about bringing our entire community together, regardless of whether you are dealing with infertility,” said O’Connor, who is undergoing treatment with The Reproductive Medicine Group to conceive her first child. “It will remind people of the small steps we are taking in our journey, and that no one should walk alone while they seek treatment to have a child.”
The Reproductive Medicine Group, a nationally recognized leader in the field of infertility, is pleased to be a part of this first time effort.
“Women and men from all walks of life struggle with infertility,” said Dr. Sandy Goodman, of The Reproductive Medicine Group. “There are so many treatment options to assist those who dream of being parents. We’re happy to lend our support to help raise awareness of this very important issue.”
The day starts with check-in at 9 a.m. and a pre-walk stretch led by local fitness experts. At 10 a.m., walkers will begin their one-mile loop around the Channelside area. Post-event, the celebration starts with a bounce house for kids, D.J., a hair braiding station, snacks and awards for the top fundraisers. O’Connor hopes to raise $45,000 and funds from the Walk of Hope will be used to support local RESOLVE programming, and national public awareness and advocacy.
Walkers interested in participating should email FLWalkofHope@gmail.com, or visit www.resolve.org
For more information about the The Reproductive Medicine Group, go to www.floridafertility.com, follow us on Facebook at The Reproductive Medicine Group, Twitter at @ReproMedGroup.
ABOUT THE REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE GROUP:
The Reproductive Medicine Group has been assisting infertile couples in the Tampa Bay region to become parents for more than 30 years. The physicians have trained at the top medical facilities in the country including Harvard, The University of Chicago, UCLA, and Johns Hopkins, and their vast medical expertise is evident in everything they do. All partner physicians have consistently been selected by their peers as “Best Doctors in America”. They participate in the most current research programs designed to bring about breakthrough treatment technologies.
Sandy B. Goodman, MD, Betsy McCormick, MD, Samuel Tarantino, MD and Timothy R. Yeko MD are the partner physicians of The Reproductive Medicine Group. All physicians are board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. The physicians are trained to diagnose and provide all appropriate treatment modalities to overcome infertility. They have specialty training in complex laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques.