RESOLVE is proud to honor the following people and companies who have performed outstanding work for the infertility community. These awards will be presented at Night of Hope on November 12, 2020. Donate a tribute in support of these award recipients.
Hope Award for Advocacy: Dr. Serena Chen
Dr. Chen serves as Director for the Division of Reproductive Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science, and is a Clinical Associate Professor at Rutgers, UMDNJ Medical School and the St George’s University School of Medicine. She is one of less than a handful of reproductive endocrinologists recognized by Inside Jersey Magazine as a Top Doctor in Cancer Care for her work freezing eggs for cancer patients and raising physician and public awareness of OncoFertility and Fertility Preservation.
Dr. Chen is an active participant in advocacy work for the infertility community: she was among the first group of physicians to attend ASRM’s Advocacy Academy in 2015, and she has represented the state of New Jersey at RESOLVE’s federal Advocacy Day 4 times since 2016. In her home state of New Jersey, she has advocated for state legislation to cover fertility preservation for cancer patients and others whose medical treatment may cause infertility, which was signed into law in 2020.
Hope Award for Advocacy: Andy Cohen
Andy Cohen, writer, producer, TV host, the face of Bravo TV, and father to son Benjamin. Cohen announced that he would be a father via surrogacy on his late night show. Once Benjamin was born, Cohen joined with Family Equality and RESOLVE to get the Child Parent Security Act passed in New York. Until 2020, New York was one of only three states that banned compensation for gestational surrogates. Cohen made trips to Albany, met with the media, lawmakers and Governor Cuomo. He brought a face to the campaign in a way that shed a light on all who are impacted by this law, infertile women, cancer survivors, and the LGBTQ+ community.
Hope Award for Advocacy : Chloe Melas
Chloe Melas is an entertainment reporter for CNN, covering all things entertainment and Hollywood for the network across all platforms. Chloe is based out of CNN‘s New York bureau. Chloe and her husband Brian have talked openly about their IVF journey, the ups and downs, the emotional and fearful moments on social media, with media outlets and through speaking engagements. Chloe has shared her story with attendees at many in-person and live events. Reaching people with her personal story has helped so many other women understand how to navigate the IVF journey. Chloe, and often with her husband Brian, have shared their story in Cosmopolitan, Thrive, People Magazine, CNN and Extra TV. Chloe has also spoken at Resolve New England’s conference, Mama Film Fest, S.H.E. Summit, just to name a few.
Hope Award for Access: Cadence
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. is a leader in electronic design automation with more than 30 years of computational software expertise. The company applies its Intelligent System Design strategy to deliver software, hardware and IP that customers use to turn electronic product concepts—from chips to boards to systems—into reality. Headquartered in San Jose, California, Cadence has more than 8,000 employees worldwide and is one of Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.
Cadence’s family building benefits have evolved over time. Their medical benefits for IVF started as a generous $25,000 lifetime max. Cadence recognized the need for better outcomes for its employees and improved their benefit to now offering unlimited IVF cycles. Cadence also recognizes that medical treatment may not be for everyone, so they offer a $15,000 adoption reimbursement per adoption and a $15,000 surrogacy reimbursement.
RESOLVE Advocacy Legacy Award: Crystal Wilson
The first-ever honoree for the RESOLVE Advocacy Legacy Award is Crystal Wilson, from Colorado. Crystal had been diagnosed with endometriosis prior to meeting her future husband Tyler. And Tyler was paralyzed during a combat mission in Afghanistan prior to meeting his future wife. IVF was their only option, and like way too many in this country, they had no insurance coverage, not even as a wounded Veteran. In 2016, they helped in the effort in getting temporary coverage for the VA to cover IVF medical treatment for eligible Veterans and their spouses. Crystal saw what it took to make that happen and knew she had to take this issue on in Colorado for all who do not have access to IVF. In an historic effort, Crystal and the Colorado Fertility Advocates were able to work with their state lawmakers to pass comprehensive and inclusive insurance law that will go into effect in 2022. Learn more here.