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Michiana couple crowdsourcing to raise money for IVF


A Michiana couple has an unique fundraiser going on. They are crowdsourcing to raise money for in vitro fertilization treatment.

38 weeks into her pregnancy, Tara Holmes Williams was excited to meet her son Rowan. But when the doctor asked one question during her check-up, she knew something was wrong. "He asked, where do we usually find the heart beat? I feel like I knew immediately what they were trying to tell me."

Just days before she was due, Williams and her husband Chris were at the hospital delivering a stillborn. "It was hard to not hear him cry. I think a part of me believed maybe he's going to cry when he comes out. Maybe it's all a mistake," says Tara.

"We got to hold him and it was awesome. It was just awesome to feel like a dad. Granted, it's different because my son's not here, but I'm still a dad," says Chris.

The parents say they conceived Rowan with the help of in vitro fertilization and now they're ready to try for another baby. Even though it comes with a big price tag. "All combined we had spent nearly all of our savings," says Tara.

They say they don't have the money for anymore treatments, that's why they are trying crowdsourcing. "We would not have the chance of IVF without the help of our family, our friends, and really kind generous strangers," says Tara.

They set up a page on gofundme.com and have a goal of raising $20,000. "We're over 75% there, this is our final stretch," says Tara.

They've raised over 15-grand, but say it's not all about the money. They update their site regularly, telling their story and encouraging people who have experienced similar heartaches. "We've committed to putting ourselves out there and sharing our story, knowing the end result isn't guaranteed," says Tara.

The couple says they start treatment in November and any leftover money will go towards another couple also trying IVF. To find out more about the Williams or to donate to their cause click here.

FOX28 reached out to the website gofundme.com. The CEO says millions of dollars are raised on the site for things like adoption fees or IVF treatments and it's a growing trend.

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