Turner Sports sideline reporter Eli Lafors has been outspoken about her childbearing journey, using social media to document heights and depths, including abortion.
“I just don’t like to share because I don’t want women to think there’s something wrong with them when there’s nothing wrong with them. We’re all going through our own personal journey. We have to struggle, “said Lawrence. CBS News’ Dana Jacobson.
LaForce and her husband, MLB Pitcher, who has struggled for Smith to have a baby without Huntington’s disease – a genetic condition that causes nerve cells to break down in the brain.
In the United States, approximately 41,000 people are living with the disease and more than 200,000 are at risk. Smith lost his grandmother and his mother to the disease.
“Once you live with someone who has it or someone in your family and you realize how devastating it is, like, you would ruin people in just a year or two. They look like they’re in front of your face and turn around. Do things to people that they aren’t, “Smith said.
There is no cure for Huntington’s disease and children of parents with the disease have a 50% chance of contracting it.
Smith said he decided not to test the gene that causes Huntington’s disease. “It’s difficult. It’s like, there’s no cure. There’s no cure. Like, what do I do?” They said.
One of their strengths is the ability to produce an HD-free baby through IVF, which implants embryos that test negatively for this HD gene. In March, the couple found out they were expecting a baby after years of trying.
“No single family should stop their child from getting Huntington’s disease or even fertility treatment because money is in the way. So he gave me all that, I think, to me. Confidence and completeness were needed to make the decision. Do your best for IVF for families, “said Lawrence.
This is the heart behind their foundation, HelpCure HD, a nonprofit that helps families pay for IVF. This procedure can cost up to $ 40,000.
“It’s not just that your kids don’t have Huntington’s. Their kids will never have Huntington’s. Ending, “said Lawrence.
In just four years, HelpCare HD has helped 16 families have HD-free babies, including Tracy and Anthony de Alonzo. After having two natural children, Tracy tested positive for HD.
“It feels like a cloud over you all the time because you never know when something is going to hit. The average age for symptoms is 30 to 50. And I’m 33,” Tracy said.
In 2020, HelpCare HD covered شیا 20,000 for Tracy and Anthony to acquire Josiah.
“He doesn’t know it. But he won’t have this problem in his life. He may have it for his family, but not for himself, nor for his future family,” Tracy said.