Husband sells sneakers to fund wife’s IVF treatment – who spent five years trying to conceive

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A husband has sold his prized collection of high-end sneakers to fund his wife’s IVF treatment – who spent five years trying to conceive, undergoing 11 surgeries along the way and suffering eight miscarriages.

Lauren, 35, and EJ Wynn, 35, of Chesapeake, Ohio, spent years trying to have a child together, but faced heartbreak after heartbreak.

They wanted to try in vitro fertilization but didn’t know how they could afford the expensive procedure, so EJ decided to sell his beloved shoes – earning over $4,000 from the sale and finally realizing their dream of having a possible baby.

He sold out on pairs of Nike and Yeezy sneakers, and said it was “a no-brainer” to ditch the prized shoes.

“Having a child was way more important than any shoe,” he told Good Morning America in a recent interview. “I had been collecting for a long time, so it was kind of obvious.”

She sadly spent five years trying to conceive and had eight miscarriages

Sweet gesture: A husband sold his precious collection of high-end sneakers to finance the IVF treatment of his wife – who spent five years trying to conceive and suffered eight miscarriages

Lauren and EJ Wynn, from Chesapeake, Ohio, spent years trying to have a child together, but sadly faced heartbreak after heartbreak.

Lauren and EJ Wynn, from Chesapeake, Ohio, spent years trying to have a child together, but sadly faced heartbreak after heartbreak.

Losing hope: They suffered eight miscarriages and two failed intrauterine inseminations – leaving Lauren “discouraged” and ready to give up on becoming a mother

Losing hope: They suffered eight miscarriages and two failed intrauterine inseminations – leaving Lauren “discouraged” and ready to give up on becoming a mother

Their last resort was in vitro fertilization.  However, they were unsure how they could afford the expensive procedure – which costs an average of $12,000 to $17,000 per cycle.

Their last resort was in vitro fertilization. However, they were unsure how they could afford the expensive procedure – which costs an average of $12,000 to $17,000 per cycle.

Selfless: But EJ decided to sell his sneaker collection to try and cover the costs, earning $4,800 in the first round of sales and bringing his wife to tears

Selfless: But EJ decided to sell his sneaker collection to try and cover the costs, earning $4,800 in the first round of sales and bringing his wife to tears

The couple suffered eight miscarriages and two failed intrauterine inseminations – which is a medical procedure where sperm is placed directly into the womb – leaving Lauren ‘disheartened’ and ready to give up on becoming a mother.

Their last resort was in vitro fertilization – a process in which eggs are surgically extracted from the woman, before being fertilized by sperm and transferred to the uterus.

However, they struggled to afford the expensive procedure — which costs an average of $12,000 to $17,000 per cycle, according to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

But EJ decided to sell his sneaker collection in an attempt to cover the costs, which brought his wife to tears.

IVF worked and in August 2021 the couple announced they were expecting a baby boy together.

Lauren is now 18 weeks pregnant and she said having a child would be a “dream come true” for them.

“Having a baby would be a dream come true for us. It’s all we’ve wanted since before we even got married,’ she told the outlet.

“The trip was a bit difficult for us,” added EJ.

Throughout the long process, Lauren told GMA that she received more than 600 injections, had 11 surgeries and took more than 400 pills in an attempt to get pregnant.

And after having eight miscarriages, Lauren said she started ‘blaming herself’.

“When we suffered our first defeat, I felt very alone,” Lauren recalls. “There were some very discouraging moments.

Baby on board: IVF worked and in August 2021 the couple announced they were expecting a baby boy together

Baby on board: IVF worked and in August 2021 the couple announced they were expecting a baby boy together

Miracle: Lauren is now 18 weeks pregnant and she told Good Morning America that having a child would be a

Miracle: Lauren is now 18 weeks pregnant and she told Good Morning America that having a child would be a ‘dream come true’ for them

Throughout the long process, Lauren said she received more than 600 injections, underwent 11 surgeries and took more than 400 pills in an attempt to get pregnant.

Throughout the long process, Lauren said she received more than 600 injections, underwent 11 surgeries and took more than 400 pills in an attempt to get pregnant.

After having eight miscarriages, Lauren said she began to

After having eight miscarriages, Lauren said she started “blaming herself”. She is pictured with her family hours after having her first miscarriage five years ago

When they first started considering IVF, Lauren admitted she wasn't sure she wanted to go through with it - due to the heavy financial burden and her fears it wouldn't work.

When they first started considering IVF, Lauren admitted she wasn’t sure she wanted to go through with it – due to the heavy financial burden and her fears it wouldn’t work.

Touching: But after the sweet gesture of her husband - who was a

Touching: But after her husband’s sweet gesture – which was a ‘no-brainer’ for EJ – they decided to give it a try

“There were times when I was like, I can’t do this anymore. I can’t do another injection.

I can’t give us another defeat. … Then you blame yourself and ask, “What’s wrong with my body?” It’s not supposed to happen.

When they first started considering IVF, Lauren admitted she wasn’t sure she wanted to go through with it – due to the heavy financial burden and her fears it wouldn’t work.

She explained: “Financially, knowing it may or may not work doesn’t guarantee you bringing a baby home – a lot of people think, ‘Hey, let’s do IVF, we’re going to bring a baby home’ – it doesn’t work it doesn’t matter.

“I know women who go there and who don’t have an embryo. Mentally, it’s very, very difficult to know that we could do this without having a baby.

But after her husband’s emotional sacrifice, they decided to give it a try, and it worked.

Lauren and EJ shared much of their journey online and gained thousands of followers along the way.

In August, Lauren posted images of EJ selling her sneakers to TikTok, and they quickly went viral, gaining over two million views.

Family first :

Family first: ‘Having a child was way more important than any shoe,’ he said

Going Viral: Lauren and EJ have shared their journey online and gained thousands of followers over the years.  They even raised $12,000 through their GoFundMe account

Going Viral: Lauren and EJ have shared their journey online and gained thousands of followers over the years. They even raised $12,000 through their GoFundMe account

Now they could have a baby on the way, but Lauren admitted she still fears something could go wrong

She tries to

Staying strong: Now they can have a baby on the way, but Lauren admitted she’s still worried something might go wrong, but she’s trying to ‘stay positive’

“To finally get to where we are now, it’s been amazing,” EJ concluded. Lauren added: “It’s been a miracle”

“My husband sold his shoes about a year ago to catch me paying for our IVF,” she wrote in the video, which shows her husband carrying numerous boxes of Nike shoes through a store.

“I got pregnant, so we used the money for IVIG. I had another miscarriage.

Intravenous immunoglobulin is a product made up of antibodies given to help treat various autoimmune, infectious and idiopathic diseases.

She continued in the clip, “Now we’re starting to try IVF again.” I thought he was just reselling his shoes because it was a good time to return them.

“When we left he put his arm around me and said the money was for IVF. I always cry. All the vaccines and medications are worth it to make him a father.

Yeezy and Nike sneakers can be resold for hundreds of dollars, depending on their type.

TikTok has moved many people around the internet, and since then Lauren and EJ said they’ve received so many kind comments from viewers around the world — and they’ve even raised $12,000 through their GoFundMe page.

“I didn’t even realize how many guys online could relate. So many people reached out and called me asking for advice,’ EJ said of some of the responses he got. received since it went viral.

Now they could have a baby on the way, but Lauren admitted she’s still worried that something might go wrong, but tries to ‘stay positive’.

“I’m just going to keep trying to stay positive. Both EJ and I are,” she said.

“When you’ve been through this as many times as we have, in the back of your head you’re still hesitant to let your guard down completely.

“To finally get to where we are now, it’s been amazing,” EJ concluded.

“It was a miracle,” Lauren agreed.

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