(McLean, VA, August 23, 2011) – RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is pleased to announce that Tertia Albertyn will be honored with the 2011 Hope Award for Best Book for So Close: Infertile and Addicted to Hope. Albertyn will accept her award at RESOLVE’s Night of Hope Gala on September 13, 2011 at Guastavino’s in New York City. As the organization that supports and provides voice for people diagnosed with infertility, RESOLVE established the Hope Awards to recognize professionals, companies, volunteers and the media who have demonstrated innovation and compassion to benefit people struggling with infertility.
So Close: Infertile and Addicted to Hope is the honest, heart wrenching, exhilarating story of Albertyn's battle with infertility. The acerbically funny Albertyn takes you through her long, agonizing journey – including nine IVFs – to motherhood.
Albertyn is a seasoned infertility veteran and now mother to three kids. Her popular blog (www.tertia.org) was rated the top blog in South Africa in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In the five years, nine IVFs and many losses it took to conceive her twins she has seen and done it all. In 2007, she cofounded South Africa’s biggest infertility support portal (www.fertilicare.org) and in 2008 she launched Nurture, the country’s premier Egg Donor and Surrogacy program (www.nurture.co.za). She is a board member of the Society of Cross Border Reproductive Care, has a MBA from the University of Cape Town and lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her husband, the IVF twins and the surprise baby.
“RESOLVE is delighted to recognize Tertia Albertyn for speaking out and sharing her journey with us,” said Barbara Collura, RESOLVE’s Executive Director. “The Night of Hope is a special opportunity to come together and thank all those who work tirelessly to improve the lives of the 7.3 million women and men in the U.S. facing infertility.”
The 14th Annual Night of Hope attracts more than 300 leaders and influencers in the family building community. Past Hope Award recipients include The TODAY Show, The View, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and Church & Dwight, makers of First Response®.
RESOLVE gratefully acknowledges the 2011 Night of Hope Big Apple sponsors: Attain Fertility, EMD Serono, Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Merck.
About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit www.resolve.org.