The important role of celebrity advocates

In Hollywood where it seems so many couples are hush hush about their struggles to conceive, celebrities like Bill Rancic and Guiliana Depandi play a vital role as spokespeople for a disease that affects nearly 1 out of 3 women in the US.   

The couple are finally expecting their first child later this year via a gestational surrogate have been very open about their experience and have verbally thanked NFFR Board President Dr. Schoolcraft, for helping them to achieve their dream.  

Those of us who watch their program waited anxiously for the baby news.  We share in their pain and frustration.  We cried when Guiliana found out she had breast cancer and we cheered when they received the call that they were going to be parents.   

Some other celebrities that have shared their fertility struggles include…

Actress Elizabeth Banks (recently appearing in the Hunger Games) has been quoted saying “I have a broken belly!”  In 2011, they also used a gestational surrogate to deliver Felix, her first child with husband Max Handelman. 

Sherri Shepherd, co-host of The View joked that putting IVF on her American Express card earned her "double miles," Shepherd endured two years of fertility treatments before conceiving at age 38 with boy/girl twins.  Shepherd is now a spokesperson for RESOLVE (The National Infertility Association) and even hosted their annual Gala, A Night of Hope in 2011. 

So why is it so important to the infertility community to have supporters such as Elizabeth, Sherri and Guiliana?  For the simple fact that they have the ability to reach a large audience.  NFFR has 623 followers on Twitter (thank you) while Guiliana Depandi has over 2 Million!  A simple tweet from a celebrity can entice an audience to buy a product, read an article, download a song, even call their congressmen…the list goes on and on. 

One article/tweet/blog from a celebrity advocate resonates through our social media community with lasting effects, including bringing awareness of the 1 in 6 couples in the US that struggle with the disease of infertility.

For that we say…THANK YOU!

Adrienne Gardner
Director of Development
National Foundation for Fertility Research

Posted: May 09 2012 in NFFR News

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