2016 Hope Awards

Barbara Eck Founders Award
This national award is presented annually to an individual or group who has demonstrated leadership in the field of infertility or infertility resolution.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)


ASRM is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine. The Society accomplishes its mission through the pursuit of excellence in education and research and through advocacy on behalf of patients, physicians, and affiliated health care providers. The Society is committed to facilitating and sponsoring educational activities for the lay public and continuing medical education activities for professionals who are engaged in the practice of and research in reproductive medicine.


The Hope Award for Achievement
Given to an individual and/or organization/corporation whose accomplishments are worthy and whose actions are socially commendable which result in a material contribution to the lives of those diagnosed with infertility.

Dawn Davenport

Dawn NOH 2016

Dawn Davenport is an attorney, author, educator, and the Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education nonprofit providing support and unbiased information before, during and after infertility treatment or adoption to help create strong families. She is perhaps best known as the host of the Creating a Family radio show, which brings leading national experts for in-depth conversations on topics that are important to infertility patients and adoptive parents. The radio show recently celebrated 1.2 million listens and is included on the iTunes list for “What’s Hot for Families and Kids”.


Amanda Micheli

Amanda NOH 2016

Amanda Micheli, director of the new documentary film HAVEABABY, is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker based in San Francisco. For two decades, Amanda has dedicated her life to telling compelling human stories through character-driven, narrative documentaries. She has an innate ability to connect with her subjects, from Colombian prisoners to couples struggling with infertility.

Amanda is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, a past visiting lecturer at Stanford’s MFA film program and a graduate of Harvard University. She earned an Oscar nomination for LA CORONA, which follows an unlikely beauty pageant in a Colombian women’s prison. LA CORONA premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before airing on HBO. She also directed the award-winning PBS film DOUBLE DARE, which explores the lives of two Hollywood stuntwomen. Her first film, JUST FOR THE RIDE, about the legendary cowgirls who founded the first professional sport in America, won a student Oscar and premiered on PBS in 1996. HAVEABABY is her most recent film; it premiered at the Tribeca Film festival this year and will be released to the public in 2017. 

The Hope Award for Service
Given to an individual and/or organization/corporation whose work has either advanced RESOLVE or its mission in a significant manner.

Susan and Rick Keehn

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Susan Keehn, RN, BSN, is a maternal/child and special care nurse, and certified lactation consultant. She co-founded a RESOLVE Peer-Led Support Group with her husband Rick in January 2004. This group has been meeting at Crittenton Hospital in Rochester, Michigan for more than a dozen years. Susan and Rick were still in the middle of their own infertility journey when they formed the group. They were featured in a Detroit Free Press article in September 2005 which described their donor egg experience. This article spread nationwide. They also received the “Volunteer of the Year” award from RESOLVE of Michigan in 2005.

Rick Keehn, BSEE, MSCE, JD is an attorney working as a primary patent examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He had a long career as an engineer and engineering manager in the auto industry prior to becoming a patent attorney. Rick was a featured “Infertility Hero” for support where he was interviewed by RESOLVE for a video accessible on RESOLVE’s website. This video, and the Detroit Free Press article are just two ways Susan and Rick work to raise infertility awareness and educate those, like themselves at one time, navigating through their own journeys.

The Hope Award for Advocacy
Given to an individual and/or organization/corporation whose work has raised public awareness, advanced a legislative agenda, or prompted change for the benefit of those diagnosed with infertility.

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) - (To appear via video to accept her award)

Patty NOH 2016 As Washington state’s senior Senator, Patty Murray has a proven track record spanning more than two decades of fighting for Washington state families in the United States Senate. Serving as a member of Senate  Democratic leadership since 2007, Patty has established herself as a tireless and effective leader on education, transportation, budget issues, healthcare, women, and veterans issues. Since 2012, Senator Murray has led the fight to get IVF coverage for wounded veterans through the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation

Woodruff NOH 2016

While reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces for ABC’s “World News Tonight,” on Jan. 29, 2006, Bob Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq. Bob’s traumatic brain injury nearly killed him. In a miraculous recovery, just 13 months later, Bob returned to ABC News with “To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports.” Since then, he has reported from around the globe on a variety of subjects for the network.

His miraculous recovery inspired his family to do one thing: Give our injured heroes access to the high level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it. That wish became their mission.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation asks people to stand up for heroes so that they can find, fund, and shape innovative programs that help our impacted veterans, service members and their families thrive. The Foundation hosted the “Intimacy after Injury” convening in 2014 which was ground-breaking in its content but it highlighted the plight of injured military personnel and their desire to have a family.

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

PVA NOH 2016

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.

As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. 

PVA has been a leader in advocating for legislation that will help injured Veteran’s access IVF that is needed to build their family.

The Hope Award for Best Blog
The Hope Award for Best Blog, which is voted on by the infertility community, recognizes a blog that raises awareness about the disease of infertility and sheds light on what it is like to be living with infertility.

Shelley Writes by Shelley Skuster


Shelley Skuster is the writer behind ShelleySkuster.com. She's a former award-winning television news reporter who -- after years of infertility, two adoptions and a pregnancy -- traded in suit coats and red lipstick for a messy bun and yoga pants when she decided to stay at home and focus on raising her daughters, all under the age of three.

When she's not changing diapers, cutting crusts off of PBJs and breaking up squabbles over a yellow mega block, she's hunched over her laptop in Des Moines, Iowa, cranking out stories and enjoying a (usually cold) cup of strong coffee.

Aside from her blog, Shelley's work has been featured on TODAY Parents, Huffington Post, The Mighty, Parent.Co, Pregnant Chicken and Adoption.com.

The Hope Award for Access
Given to an individual and/or organization/corporation whose work or actions help increase access to any/all family building options including adoption, medical treatment including IVF, and third party reproduction. An awardee will be selected based on nominations of companies from the community.

To be announced

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