Two Phenomenal Women and Their Patient Organizations

by Davina Fankhauser
President - Fertility Within Reach

We support the infertility population. We provide education and resources to aid every patient within this community.

This being Black History Month we reflect on a misconception that people of color are extremely fertile. This stereotype places additional pressure and/or shame on infertile couples of various races including African American, Hispanic and Asian. It is extremely important patients on their journey, all patients, are exposed to similar stories, examples of success, and encounter role models of hope.

We have chosen to bring attention to two patient organizations created and led by African American women. We believe these women and their organizations are making history within the infertility community.

The Broken Brown Egg is an awareness and service organization for the infertile African American community. Regina Townsend is the founder and has gained praise from organizations such as Resolve: The National Infertility Association and The Cade Foundation. We find the expression of her insight and information to be exceptional. Her words balance truth, information and inspiration, crossing all racial lines.

The goals and mission of the organization are as follows:

Mission:
The mission of The Broken Brown Egg is to encourage African Americans to begin this very important dialogue of reproductive health and fertility by raising awareness, hope, and activism.

Goals:
• To provide awareness and advocacy for infertility and reproductive health, with a focus on African-American and minority concerns.
• To provide financial and emotional support for members of the infertility, adoption, and foster-care communities.
• To seek and create opportunities for partnership and work with similar organizations for the better fulfillment of these goals.

The Tinina Q Cade Foundation (TQCF or Cade Foundation) is a nonprofit organization started in 2005 to provide information support and financial assistance to help needy infertile families OVERCOME infertility. The foundation was named after founders’ (Drs Jason and Camille Hammond) mother, Dr. Tinina Cade. Dr. Cade carried and delivered the couples triplets following 5 years of infertility for the Hammonds.

Dr. Camille Hammond is the CEO of TQCF. From her own understanding, knowledge, experience, and heart she and her husband created an organization that serves the needs of families battling infertility.

Through education and outreach they:
• Support families struggling with infertility
• Strive to educate outside communities about relevant and related issues
• Provides financial assistance to families pursuing infertility treatment or domestic adoption through the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation Family Building Grant.

This dual approach distinguishes the foundation as the only organization of its kind in the nation. To date, the Cade Foundation has hosted hundreds of outreach events throughout the US and provided 31 families with financial support for adoption and fertility treatment nationwide. There are currently 22 Cade Foundation babies!

We celebrate the accomplishments of these two exceptional women and their patient organizations. We hope their hard work both inspires and helps you throughout your infertility journey. For more information please visit The Broken Brown Egg and The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation Inc.

I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves.
– Oprah Winfrey

 

 

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Davina Fankhauser

President - Fertility Within Reach