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The Power of Hope

power-of-hopeby Jessica Seguin, Executive Director, Fertile Future

 

A diagnosis of cancer can be devastating at any age.  We are in a time when more and more young adults are facing diagnoses that were once reserved for “older” adults.  We know that each year, an estimated 10,000 young Canadians face a cancer diagnosis. Approximately 8,000 of them will win this battle.  This makes the importance of considering life after cancer increasingly important. Without knowing the importance of fertility preservation prior to their treatment, many are left infertile with few options.

But even knowing about fertility preservation options, many of these young Canadians simply cannot afford the often-costly procedure.  This is where the Power of Hope Program can help.

 

The Power of Hope (POH) Program provides young Canadians (aged forty and under) with the opportunity to help fund fertility preservation prior to cancer treatment.  Fertile Future has partnered with 15 Fertility Clinics across Canada who have agreed to reduce their fees for eligible POH candidates.  Fertile Future will then reimburse up to $1,000 for eligible women and up to $350 for eligible men.

 

To determine eligibility, Fertile Future reviews the following criteria:

 

  • Fertility Centre administering fertility preservation treatment must be a member of the Power of Hope program.
  • For women: Individual income of $75,000 or less, or household income of $125,000 or less.
  • For men: Individual income of $50,000 or less, or household income of $75,000 or less.
  • Confirmation from applicant’s oncologist indicating that cancer treatment presents a risk to fertility and that they support fertility preservation as safe and appropriate for applicant.
  • Cancer treatment has not begun and will not commence throughout the length of time required to complete fertility preservation treatments.
  • Applicant must be 40 years of age or younger.
  • Proof from insurance company (if applicable) that drugs and procedures are not covered.
  • Applicant must be a Canadian Citizen or have Permanent Resident status.
  • Applicant must have a valid provincial health card.
  • Applicant has not previously benefited from the Power of Hope program.

 

 

Our vision is to ensure every young Canadian diagnosed with cancer will have the opportunity and means to have a child.   We aim to accomplish this by promoting awareness and understanding of fertility preservation among patients, the medical community, and the Canadian public.  We want to work with oncology & fertility groups across Canada to ensure young Canadians receive timely information on fertility preservation options.

Prior to learning about Fertile Future, I had never considered the impact of infertility caused by cancer treatment.  After becoming involved and reviewing the applications, the reality soon struck home.  To date, the youngest patient to be funded by the POH Program was 15 years old; as a mother of a 15-year old myself, I was forced to consider what impact a diagnosis of cancer would have, not only upon us as a family in the here and now, but upon that legacy.  We have the ability to make a difference for these patients, to provide the hope that is so important during the recovery process, to provide quality to life after cancer.

 

As a national charity, we depend on charitable donations and we need your help to raise funds to help subsidize the costs of fertility preservation for young men and women until full funding is available by provincial health plans.  We will actively advocate on behalf of cancer patients who may otherwise be denied the opportunity of having a family due to the high costs of fertility preservation.

On Thursday, April 24th, 2014, Fertile Future will host the inaugural Capital Evening of Hope; a fundraising cocktail event celebrating our Canadian culture. The event will be held at the Canadian Museum of History in the National Capital Region.  Join us at this event to celebrate our Canadian culture from shore to shore.  A prestigious cocktail party where you will experience an evening of Canadian wine and spirits, entertainment, fine cuisine and auction items from across the country. Guests will enjoy a lively environment with friends and colleagues while raising funds to support the Power of Hope program.

 

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