Woman panhandling to raise IVF funds

Posted at 10:48 PM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-27 22:48:32-05

SPRINGVILLE, UT (KSL/CNN) - The path to parenthood isn’t easy for all women.

While some couples can become pregnant right away, the disappointment of infertility meets others.

A woman in Utah, however, isn’t letting that dash her dream of becoming a mom.

Jessica Gale has been married for 13 years. She’s tried throughout that time to have a baby, with no luck. Her husband has a rare genetic condition, Kallmann Syndrome, making conception nearly impossible.

Gale works at a salon, sweeping hair, and has a second job as a custodian at a school. She’s recently tried a third moneymaking route to help raise funds to try expensive in vitro fertilization: panhandling.

“I actually never thought I’d be standing on a corner, asking for money,” she said.

She holds a sign reading: “Need help 4 in vitro.” All the money, she said, goes toward paying for the treatment.

“It’s roughly anywhere between $800 and $1,000 a month,” she said.

For some, the desire for motherhood is so strong, it doesn’t matter what it takes.

“I have no shame at this point, I am not embarrassed,” she said.

Gale has done yard sales, fundraisers, she has even said she will shave her head and donate the hair.

“I’ll do just about anything for a baby out here, just about anything, within reason,” she said.

Now, when Gale isn’t at her other jobs, she can be found at a busy intersection in Springville, about an hour from Salt Lake City near Provo.

“You do what you got to do: rain, snow, hail, tornado. You do it,” she said. “We just want to create the family that we always wanted. And so to struggle for so long, and not be able to have a child, and to create that beautiful family, you know, we’re going to do anything and everything that we can to make it happen.”

Gale and her husband have a fundraising page on YouCaring that has so far reached about a quarter of their $19,000 goal.

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