Barbara Eck Founder’s Award

Peter Schlegel, MD

Peter N. Schlegel, M.D., is James J Colt Professor and Chairman of Urology and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Weill Cornell Medicine as well as Urologist-in-Chief at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell. A graduate of University of Massachusetts Medical School, he received his urology training at Johns Hopkins Hospital before a fellowship in Microsurgery & Male Reproductive Medicine. He has been on the full time faculty at Cornell thereafter. His areas of professional interest include male infertility and treatment of prostate cancer. He has published extensively with novel insights into the hormonal abnormalities, genetics, and surgical management of male infertility. His refinements of sperm retrieval for treatment of non-obstructive azoospermia, referred to as “microTESE” or the “Schlegel procedure” are suggested to provide optimal treatment results for these patients. He has had regular funding from NIH in support of his investigative translational research on the genetics of spermatogenesis. His work has been recognized by many prestigious memberships and awards, including The Established Clinician Award of ESHRE, The Barringer Medal of the American Association of GU Surgeons, and Hopkins’ Society of Scholars. He has also served the American Board of Urology as a trustee, the AUA and ASRM and ASA in numerous roles.  He is currently President-elect of ASRM (President as of October 10, 2018).

The Hope Award for Achievement

PCOS Challenge LogoPCOS Challenge’s mission is to raise public awareness about PCOS and help girls and women with the condition overcome their symptoms and reduce their risk for life-threatening related diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Since its programs started in 2009, PCOS Challenge has quickly grown to over 50,000 members and has helped many women overcome their struggles with infertility, weight gain, anxiety and depression and reduce their risk for numerous life-threatening related diseases. The organization’s leadership built a coalition of over 70 major national and international health organizations and led the first successful legislative advocacy effort in the U.S. Congress to recognize the seriousness of PCOS, the need for further research, improved treatment and care options, and for a cure for PCOS and to designate September as PCOS Awareness Month.

The Hope Award for Service

Lynn and Drew PolinUnderstanding firsthand the physical, emotional, financial and spiritual effects of infertility, Lynn and Drew Polin have made it their mission to make a difference for the next family facing similar treatments who feel unsupported. Lynn is a RESOLVE support group host and volunteer. She’s been quoted as saying that her mission is to promote advocacy, awareness and education in local communities and help others find the support they need. In 2018, Lynn and Drew hosted a DIY Walk of Hope in southern New Jersey, bringing together more than 350 people and raising more than $36,000.

The Hope Award for Advocacy

Christie Gross, is a Delaware resident and an infertility warrior. She was unsatisfied with the lack of access to fertility care in her state and used her years of policy experience to write SB139, a bill requiring commercial health insurance offered in Delaware to include coverage for fertility preservation and fertility care services, including in vitro fertilization (“IVF”) procedures, for individuals who suffer from a disease or condition that results in the inability to procreate or to carry a pregnancy to live birth. Christie used RESOLVE’s resources to help build a coalition of support in her state and create a grassroots movement to help pass this bill in 2018. Because of Christie’s efforts and passion, Delaware became the first state in 13 years to enact a fertility care law, with the most comprehensive fertility care coverage now required in the nation.

The Hope Award for Innovation

ART of Infertility logoThe ART of Infertility (ART of IF) is a national arts organization based in Michigan and Wisconsin. ART of IF was founded in 2014 and curates innovative and emotionally provoking art exhibits to portray the realities, pains and joys of living with infertility. The founders also design engaging curriculum to host art and writing workshops and plan educational outreach events. Co-Founders and Co-Directors Elizabeth Walker and Maria Novotny, PhD, both advocate for infertility rights. You can learn more at www.artofinfertility.org.

The Hope Award for Social Influence

Chelsea RitchieChelsea Ritchie runs the blog, Trials Bring Joy, with a feature titled “What’s it like” where she shares personal stories about loss, single parenthood, surrogacy, and all types of different situations that people who struggle to build a family find themselves experiencing. Chelsea and her husband’s infertility journey went on for 9 years before welcoming their twins in 2017. Chelsea uses her blog, Instagram and Facebook to make connections with others facing infertility to ensure that they are not alone. She also is the founder of the annual TTC exchange which connects 7,000+ people struggling to build a family through a mail exchange of gifts/cards/support.

The Hope Award for Access

Frito Lay LogoFrito-Lay North America is the $15 billion convenient foods division of PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our fundamental belief that the success of our company is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world around us. We believe that continuously improving the products we sell, operating responsibly to protect our planet and empowering people around the world is what enables PepsiCo to run a successful global company that creates long-term value for society and our shareholders. Frito-Lay provides infertility treatment and adoption benefits to all of its employees. These benefits include a $35,000 lifetime max for medical and drug costs and an $8,000 reimbursement for adoption costs. Frito-Lay understands the importance of education and offers its employees an Infertility/Family Building 101 session that allows employees to ask questions in a safe space. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com and www.fritolay.com.

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