The Chick Mission idea "hatched" when Amanda's fertility preservation coverage was denied by her insurance company. Staring down a long road of chemo, radiation and long-term drug therapy, Amanda understood the high likelihood of infertility after her treatment and decided to move forward covering the costs on her own. The idea of other patients choosing not to pursue preservation simply because of the cost barrier did not sit well - socioeconomic standing should not dictate whether anyone has an opportunity to have biological children after they battle and beat cancer. Wouldn’t it be incredible if every single young female cancer patient had the option to preserve her fertility ahead of lifesaving treatment? As a woman who has spent over a decade raising money for a living, Amanda utilized that skill set to help get The Chick Mission off the ground. She jumped down the rabbit hole of necessary paperwork to incorporate and the rest is history.
It is our goal to start educational conversations bringing this issue into the lexicon of the many, advocate on behalf of those who live in states without specific legislation mandating insurance companies cover fertility preservation in these cases and to assist newly diagnosed patients with need based grants to cover the costs of these procedures. Our organization strives to give any affected woman a choice regarding her future family before lifesaving treatment makes decisions for her. We will advocate, educate and fundraise until coverage is the new norm in all 50 states.