Alicia is my big sister and best friend. She is an adventurous, outdoorsy, reading-it-up, friendly and most of all hopeful person.
Matt is my brother-in-law and second best friend. He is compassionate, kind, always willing to help, funny, brave, and most of all sincere.
Alicia and Matt have quite a history together and have been through....let's just say a lot.
Matt was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Failure in 2005. He needed a double transplant (pancrease and kidney) to live and the outcome was not good. He was literally on his death bed when a miracle came through and a donor was found. Matt had a new chance at life and decided to start living again. He met Alicia 6 months after his transplant and instantly new that she was his One and Only.
Alicia and Matt have been together ever since. They have endured the healing process together as Matt learned how to take care of himself and especially his new body parts. His new outlook on life included Alicia being a huge part of it.
After getting married in 2010 they got to be the proud live-in aunt and uncle of their niece Ellie. I have had the privelege of watching Alicia and Matt interact with Ellie. The love, care, and kindness they show her is a true sneak peak into their parenting skills. It takes a village to raise a child and they have helped in Ellie's journey to become the imaginative, creative, intelligent, kind hearted kid that she is.
Alicia and Matt always knew they wanted kids, but also understood that with Matt's transplant, it would be a tough journey and would require help. In 2014 they decided to go through IUI (Intrauterin Insemination). Alicia and Matt went through 8 rounds of treatments ($24,000) before becoming pregnant.
The joy of getting pregnant after trying for so long was such happiness and relief but was interupted with bad news. Everything was normal until Alicia's 6th month checkup when her and Matt were notified that the baby had an extremely rare heart defect. Their world came crashing down around them. After multiple trips back to the doctor, they were told that the baby would not make it to term and that it had a high risk of endangering Alicia's life.
The next few days were crushing. Alicia and Matt were going to lose the baby. The situation was in itself enough to push anyone over the edge but there were complications to make it even more overwhelming. The silverlining was the act of actually meeting the sweet baby and being able to say goodbye to him. Matt and Alicia were such amazing parents for a quick moment in time as they showed their tender love for this tiny soul.
Alicia and Matt are continuing to heal and to hold onto each other's strength. Losing a baby is no easy feat to get through, but the support and love from their family and friends has been nothing short of a giant pillar to hold them up.
These two people have been through many experiences that have tested their faith and love and yet they continue to still believe that there is good in the world. They are ready to start again in the endeavor of having a child of their own. The doctors this time have advised Alicia and Matt to go through IVF (In Vitro Fertility) which will cost them a significant amount of money. One round of IVF will cost them an estimate of $40,000. This will include all of the tests, analysis, ultra sounds, medications, and procedures to be successful.
Alicia and Matt work hard in their careers but don't bring in what they need to start a family. Alicia works for a non-profit organization and ensures that ALL kids have opportunities to be involved in real world experiences while receiving education about animals and struggles in our world. Matt also works for a non-profit to help teach adults with developmental disabilites learn and live in their community. Both of these fields require people with compassion and empathy for people in need which is exactly who Alicia and Matt are.
These two are the gentlest, kindest, and loveable people I know. Please help them in anyway possible to allow them to have their opportunity of having a child. Please join the village to help raise their dream.
- Tammy Kolacny
- Jon Christensen
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