First Annual Walk of Hope for Infertility Awareness

Staff members from the Froedtert and Medical College Wisconsin Reproductive Medicine Department.

The First Annual Milwaukee Walk of Hope took place at the Kettle Moraine State Park on September 30, 2017. The purpose was to raise infertility awareness as well as funds for RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association. More information about the organization can be found at Resolve.org.

It was a beautiful day for walking and this event afforded me the opportunity to meet some members of the amazing team from the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Although we have referred patients to each other throughout the years, I had not met many of the staff face to face. It was truly heart-warming to see this dedicated group of professionals come out on a Saturday to support their patients and this great cause.

It happens that I attended two other fundraisers a few days later. The Breast Cancer Pinktacular Fashion Show was held at the Italian Community center on October 5th, and it was truly awesome to meet so many survivors and their supporters. That night I went down to the 6th Street Community Health Center fundraiser which included incredibly good food from Downtown Kitchen, a line dancing demo by the patients enrolled in the diabetes management program, and a “Roast” of the Bucks president Peter Feigin. The best part was seeing dear friends that I worked with during my time as an RN at the clinic. I have been to many charity events throughout the years, but this year all three events seemed to have a level of energy and enthusiasm that I have not seen in a while at charity events. Perhaps at this time of tension in the world, it is a reflection of people really wanting to pull together and give help where help is needed. I hope so.