Just when you think the world couldn’t get any worse—what with burning koalas and constant impeachment drama — a radio station steps in and makes the world a bit of a better place.
The station, based out of Cape Coral, Florida, set out to help couples dealing with infertility with its very questionably-named but obviously well-intentioned, “Win a Baby” contest. The winners of the contest receive one free round of in vitro fertilization (also called IVF), which is the process of joining and an egg and sperm in a lab dish.
The host, Jason ‘Big Mama’ Jones ended up giving a free round of in vitro (worth several thousand dollars) to Krista and Anthony Rivera, who, SURPRISE!, just gave birth to a baby boy — Garrett Rivera —three months ago.
One in eight people struggles with infertility.
According to Resolve, “1 in 8 couples (or 12 percent of married women) have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy.”
A round of in vitro is big money — around $20,000. For this reason, Jones thought it was super important to help couples out: “You realize that if one in eight people struggle, there are an enormous amount of people listening to me that are struggling with infertility that are probably going through the same process,” he said.
The couple sadly dealt with some serious challenges before getting pregnant.
The parents, a school teacher and a youth baseball coach, went through some seriously difficult times before the birth of their baby. After trying to start their own family, they found out that Anthony had testicular cancer. He went through chemo but was diagnosed yet again with testicular cancer after treatment.
At this point, after all of Jason’s suffering, the doctors told them the devastating news: They would not be able to have kids.
After winning the contest, however, things changed. Anthony is in remission, for one, and the couple got pregnant.
“It’s crazy, I never ever thought that we would, you know, ‘win a baby’ as they say,” Krista said. “I just kind of put our story together, told them how we met and how much we loved each other and how much we wanted a family and why we had to put those plans on hold,”….and voila.
“What a picture-perfect couple that won this thing,” Jones said. “I mean, you’re talking about somebody that dedicated their life to kids and don’t have any of their own… It’s the most rewarding moment I’ve ever had in my entire life. Not just in my career.”
The family and baby are happy and healthy. In fact, Anthony is now cancer-free two years after his diagnosis (yay!). Oh, and the radio station is still giving away rounds of IVF.