Airdrie couple launches fundraiser for IVF

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An Airdrie couple hoping to have a child launched a fundraiser to raise money for in vitro fertilization (IVF), selling hand-made knitted goods to try to raise the approximately $30,000 they need to pursue it.

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Kelsey and Darryl Gyarmati, a married couple living in Airdrie, have been trying to have a child for about five years now.

Kelsey Gyarmati suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder that has complicated her ability to get pregnant.

“It changes the hormones in my body so I don’t ovulate without medication. It makes it very hard for us to try to do anything on our own, outside of medically induced cycles,” said Gyarmati.

“We’ve gone through a couple of the preliminary treatments… and they were unsuccessful, so this is the next step,” she said.

Gyarmati has knitted since she was 18 and operates an online side business called KLG Knits.

Alongside her husband, they decided to turn it into an avenue to help raise funds to pursue IVF to finally fulfill their dream of having a family.

“It’s a lot of money, so this is trying to get to that point where we’re actually able to look into that option,” she said.

She said through team work, they are creating and selling toques, mittens, scarves, headbands and other items to raise funds.

“I’ve taught Darryl to use the loom so he helps me make some of them. We knit all of them ourselves, and everything is hand-made,” said Gyarmati.

Their fundraiser kicked off on Saturday, Nov. 20, selling goods out of their driveway and offering coffee and snacks to visitors.

Gyarmati said she felt that all other options were exhausted.

“We work really closely with the Fertility Clinic in Calgary, as well as a couple of holistic practitioners, so we’ve kind of gone every route that we can,” she said.

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Darryl added that they’ve tried a number of lifestyle changes as well.

“We’re trying to make changes and trying to be healthier and everything just to up the chances (of getting pregnant). Other than that, there’s not a ton that we can accomplish on our own,” he said.

“You always hope for the best, but it just hasn’t showed up yet.”

Their mission, described on where merchandise is being sold, is to sell 1,000 toques to fund the IVF journey.

Toques are being sold for $30 each, but there are a variety of different knitted items ranging from different prices. Gyarmati also takes some custom requests.

She said her goal throughout is to keep prices as low as possible.

“I try to run as many sales as possible through the website. I don’t want to raise the prices of my products.”

They will be raising funds through the online shop for as long as it takes to reach the $30,000 goal.

Gyarmati said she’s grateful for the amount of community support that’s been shown.

“I’ve had a lot of people reach out… and I’ve had a lot of support from small women-run businesses in Airdrie. It’s a very trying time and we’ve just seen nothing but support,” she said.