A.R.T. for Elena

$15,730 of $30k goal

Raised by 33 people in 12 months
Marisa Pawelko
on behalf of Elena Etcheverry
 WINFIELD, IL
A.R.T. for Elena, BUT not THAT kind of ART! I've set up this fundraising campaign to support my best friend Elena Lai Etcheverry in her longtime quest for motherhood. We all know Elena as the happy-go-lucky firecracker founder of Charity Wings Art Center. Through her charitable organization, she has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for those in need and lifted countless spirits in the process. Now is the time for us to show our appreciation for Elena by raising the funds she needs to pursue Assisted Reproductive Technology (A.R.T.), so she may finally achieve her highest aspiration of bearing a child and being a mom. Elena has openly shared the journey of her heartfelt quest for motherhood on her personal blog: http://thetravelingprincess.blogspot.com and learn about what she does to support people in need by giving them the gift of art at http://charitywings.org/

The costs associated with fertility treatments can be daunting. The estimated cost for Elena's required IVF procedures are in the $20,000 range, accompanied by medications that cost upwards of $8000, and a variety of diagnostic tests in the area of $2000. For this reason, We are reaching out to our treasured community to chip in and spread the word, so that our dear friend Elena can finally attain her greatest goal in life - the blessing of motherhood. She has done so much to help others and now is the time for us to give back! We greatly appreciate your supporting this fundraising campaign, and we are eternally thankful for your donation, no matter the size!
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Update 8
Posted by Marisa Pawelko
1 month ago
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Here's an update from our beneficiary. The IVF procedure has been delayed until April due to a scheduling conflict with the egg donor. But we are still very optimistic about the future and are past the halfway point in our fundraising goal. Please continue to spread the word about the campaign! Your support is immensely appreciated!
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From Elena:

The child in me...
I have always wanted to be a mother. I wasn't always ready, but I have always wanted it. When I was growing up, my plan was to be married and pregnant by the time I was 25. So 20 years late and I am not where I thought I would be at all.

I don't know if other people do this, but when I wake up, the first thing I reach for is my phone. Addicted. Yes. I admit it. And the first thing I do is look at the Facebook On This Day post. I open it and start scrolling. Right now, it is Jan so its filled with photos of me at CHA and Art Venture. I'm dressed up and having a great time and doing my thing. I love seeing these pictures.

But the photos I am looking for are the ones of Matthew and Jake. If you knew me during that time, you will know it was the happiest time in my whole entire life. I have never ever felt the kind of love that those two little boys gave me for 2 years. I will never be able to hate Matt because he let me mother his two small children and I got to feel what I was missing and fill that huge hole in my heart for a short time.

So, at this point in my life. I have switched gears. From all of the sadness, depressed artwork and love of blood and pain, I am moving to my world of rainbows and baby unicorns and looking for a bright sunny sky. The child in me loves this place. The adult in me is teetering on the edge of a precipice, waiting to see if there really is going to be a child in me. I don't know how far I will fall if this does not work. But I know that right now, I am very very hopeful.
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Update 7
Posted by Marisa Pawelko
2 months ago
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My dear friend Elena Lai Etcheverry, founder of Charity Wings has posted a video update on her fertility journey. Please help show your support by donating and/or sharing the link to the GoFundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/ART-for-Elena We have raised half of the funds already and are entering into the homestretch with the procedures taking place in just a few weeks! Your donations of any size are immensely appreciated! No donation is too small! Every dollar counts towards bringing this special being (or beings) into the world!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okt9V-K1mp0&feature=youtu.be
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Update 6
Posted by Marisa Pawelko
2 months ago
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Here's an update from our lovely beneficiary! We have made it past the halfway point in our fundraising goal! Thank you all for your support! The dream is coming true with the help of your generous donations! Please share the link to the GoFundMe on your social media to help us bring this much desired baby over the rainbow bridge!

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I had planned to be pregnant before the end of 2016. I just wanted to either know I am having a baby, or start the slow decent into the inevitable depression before I pulled myself up to try again. However, it didn't work out and now I can't do the embryo transfer till first week of Feb 2017. This is literally torture.

The holidays are already a roller coaster of emotions. This is harder.

I've been trying for weeks to blog. I hate when I get out of the habit. I spend so much time thinking and realizing that I need to write and then when I sit down, I can't get the words to flow. Tonight I am determined.

There is something about planning for a baby, that may or may not come, that is surreal and unique. I have finally resigned myself to the fact that I am in for a lot of changes. Not just because of the baby. Not the obvious ones. More because I am finally ready to accept what I have said a to so many people.

"I would not do what I do (run Charity Wings) if I had children."

This is the truth.

So many times my "married with kids friends" have told me that I am so lucky to get to do what I do. I don't deny that at all. My life has been so charmed. I have had the most amazing experiences. Meaningful relationships in my life are plentiful. I have not lacked happiness. So it is with a guilty heart that I even slightly complain about the cards I have been dealt. However, every time my "married with kids friends" say how lucky I am to get to do what I do, and do whatever I want, I tell them not to envy my life. I have no children. I have no husband. I would trade it all, every minute, for the life you have with your family.

I have been dealing with the "ticking clock" for about 7 years now. I was married when this whole baby challenge started. It sealed the fate of an already incompatible relationship while wreaking havoc on my heart, mind, soul, and sanity. I was ready to be a mother but didn't think anything like this would happen. I didn't know that my body would not cooperate. I didn't know that it would betray me in the simplest most natural task. I am a woman. It is my God Given Right to bear children.

And I never never never thought I wouldn't be a mother. Never.

To finally learn, and maybe not for the first time but for the first time that my heart was open to learning, that not being able to conceive did not mean that I couldn't carry a child, well, that is a gift from a friend that I was not expecting. It came to me in a moment that I could hear it and understand it. Somehow the stars aligned that night.

So full steam ahead I went. And in the process, with all the changes, I am having to face the fact that my words are true. I cannot run Charity Wings and have a child.

So as I look 2017 dead on, I see that I am on the fast track to change.

On January 12th the IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) AKA (ART Assisted Reproductive Therapy) Cycle will begin. The cycle will last about 6 weeks from start to finish and in the end I am hoping with all my heart, all my might, all my power to be pregnant.

So I am searching for the right someone. Charity Wings is looking for the perfect person to take on the operations side of the organization. This needs to be the perfect person. This person will be my partner. They will grow the side of the organization that I, as one person, have never been able to. This place has such amazing potential. Every city needs a place like this. We have so much to offer and I have only been able to tap into the smallest part of it. When I find this person, I will migrate my responsibilities and focus on what I am good at. I will continue to build relationships and raise money and awareness for the amazing programs and classes we offer. I have been doing this job for going on 11 years and it is time.

The change is coming and I am looking forward to what the next part of this life has to offer.

Ive raised about 1/2 of the $30,000+ I need to pursue this dream.
If you want to help:
https://www.gofundme.com/ART-for-Elena
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Update 5
Posted by Marisa Pawelko
6 months ago
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We are starting an exciting new fundraising effort to incentivize donors to the campaign! People can now donate their creative crafts and artwork that we will use as perks for people who donate to the cause! Do you have artwork that you would like to donate to help us raise funds for Elena's quest to experience motherhood???
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$15,730 of $30k goal

Raised by 33 people in 12 months
Created March 24, 2016
Marisa Pawelko  
on behalf of Elena Etcheverry
DH
$25
Davielle Huffman
2 months ago
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$50
Jean Van Brederode
2 months ago
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Good luck to you, Elena!

$50
Debra Quartermain
2 months ago
1
1

Loving prayers for this precious journey. You have given so much, may this be your gift.

JC
$100
Jennifer C
2 months ago(Offline Donation)
1
1
GC
$100
Ginamarie Cornelius
2 months ago
1
1

Blessings for you and baby to come....Ginamarie is a cool name for a baby ;o)

$50
Anonymous
2 months ago
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1
$8,000
Anonymous
2 months ago(Offline Donation)
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$250
Anonymous
2 months ago
1
1
LD
$100
Larry Duncan
3 months ago
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1
$4,000
Anonymous
4 months ago(Offline Donation)
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1
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