Woman who died shortly after childbirth pays for others’ fertility treatment
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Usually, finding a curious package in one’s office leads to a cautious call to the police.
One day in August, however, it was quite the opposite for Dr. John McNaught and his colleagues at Fertility Ontario on Baseline Road.
“I came in one day and there was an envelope of cheques from a funeral home,” said McNaught, the fertility clinic’s medical director. “It was from the funeral service of a lady I’ve never met before, never heard of before.”
The six cheques, all addressed to Fertility Ontario, totaled $310. A few phone calls later, McNaught found out redirecting the funeral donations was the deceased’s idea.
McNaught was immediately touched by the generosity and randomness. The woman, a 36-year-old named Laura from Sarnia, was not a patient of his or his colleagues. Apparently, her husband found Fertility Ontario on Google.
“She had suffered for a number of years from miscarriages,” McNaught said. “And then, when she finally gave birth to a healthy child, she passed away from complications from the pregnancy.”
Since the cheques and Laura’s story came into McNaught’s life, Fertility Ontario, along with local marketing agency tbk Creative, created Laura’s Wish. It’s a philanthropic program with a single goal: Continue Laura’s legacy by offering free fertility therapy to those in need.
“It put everything in total perspective for me. I felt like we had to do more than just accept the money and spend it,” McNaught said. “We’re not looking to raise money; we’re looking to help people.”
On April 14, 2013, the clinic will offer a full cycle of fertility therapy to a chosen applicant.
After that, who knows where Laura’s Wish will go.
“We’re really just trying to take that motive expressed to us, help one person, and go from there,” McNaught said.