Infertility 5K Color Run a success

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Photo/Submitted To help bring awareness to infertility and to raise money to help a couple in need a 5K Color Run was held Saturday, May 6.

Many couples struggle when it comes to starting a family. This is a reality for more than what may realize. To help bring awareness to this struggle and the difficult emotional process of going through fertility treatments, a 5K color run was held Saturday, May 6. This event was sponsored by Cutting Loose Salon and Thayer Fitness at the Koshkonong City Park. The 5K was held to not just bring awareness to the topic but to raise money to help a couple that is currently going through fertility treatments.

Participants enjoyed beautiful springtime weather as they ran or walked the course. There were 65 runners who paid and approximately 80 altogether including the children that did not pay to participate.

Laken Pittman, who helped to spearhead the event, stated they raised $600. Including the event and shirt sales, they were able to raise approximately $1,200. "It was a great event. I was very thankful for Town & Country for donating water and bananas. Also, very thankful to Jacob Eckman of Active Chiropractic and Acupuncture for all the help he and his wife gave," said Pittman.

Pittman stated that she plans to make this a yearly event to raise money for couples that are dealing with infertility and going through infertility treatments to conceive a child.

The money raised from the first event is being donated to a couple that Pittman picked that also has treatments at the Sher Institute in St. Louis.

This disease has a significant impact on those who go through trying to conceive as it has a substantial impact emotionally and physically. Lack of education on this disease results in it not being recognized as a significant medical issue.

The effects of infertility are often hidden and not obvious to many. There are many aspects that greatly affected such as couples lose the experience of pregnancy and birth, genetic legacy, parenting experience and grandparent relationship. Infertility affects a person's feelings of self-worth and can also cause instability in family and personal relationships. In addition, treatments for infertility is costly. One treatment may cost up to $20,000.

This disease has a significant impact on those who go through trying to conceive as it has a substantial impact emotionally and physically. Lack of education on this disease results in it not being recognized as a significant medical issue.

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