Footsteps for Fertility run: 600 childless couples enter raffle in 5km race to win free IVF treatment worth $10,000


Running for motherhood: 600 childless couples enter raffle in 5km race to win free IVF treatment worth $10,000

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22:04 GMT, 17 September 2012

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UPDATED:

22:22 GMT, 17 September 2012

Six hundred childless couples took part in a five kilometer run in Draper, Utah over the weekend with the hope they would win the grand prize – one round of in vitro fertilization.

In a game of chance rather than skill, the Footsteps for Fertility run puts all participants into a raffle, where one couple wins a free IVF treatment at the end of the race.

Liz Aragon, who has been trying to get pregnant for over ten years, told Fox 13 News: 'Somebody very deserving is going to win
today, no matter who wins, everyone deserves a chance to have a baby.'

Raffle run: Six hundred childless couples took part in a five kilometer run in Draper, Utah over the weekend with the hope they would win the grand prize - one round of in vitro fertilization

Raffle run: Six hundred childless couples took part in a five kilometer run in Draper, Utah over the weekend with the hope they would win the grand prize – one round of in vitro fertilization

The Utah Fertility Center donated the procedure, which can cost over $10,000.

Each registered runner received a raffle ticket in their registration packet and were able to enter one couple’s name – with many family, friends, and co-workers running on behalf of certain couples, entering the couples' names on their own raffle ticket.

Brian and Ramsi Stoker also participated in the event, and had 90 friends running for them.

The couple, who have previously tried
insemination and a first round of in vitro without becoming pregnant,
have been trying for a baby for four years.

'One person wins and everyone else is destroyed'

Mrs Stoker said: 'I always knew I wanted to be a mom, but I always wanted to wait until we were, like completely ready.

'We had five good years just as a
couple and loved every second of it. And then we realized we were ready
for the next step and we really thought that the second that we stopped
preventing it, it would happen.'

After much anticipation, the Stokers name was drawn in the raffle.

Run of hope: In a game of chance rather than skill, the Footsteps for Fertility run puts all participants into a raffle, where one couple wins a free IVF treatment at the end of the race

Run of hope: In a game of chance rather than skill, the Footsteps for Fertility run puts all participants into a raffle, where one couple wins a free IVF treatment at the end of the race

Fertility finish: The Utah Fertility Center donated the IVF procedure, which can cost over $10,000

Fertility finish: The Utah Fertility Center donated the IVF procedure, which can cost over $10,000

Winning couple: Brian and Ramsi Stoker, who have been trying for a baby for four years, participated in the event and had 90 friends running for them - a ratio that paid off after the couple won the raffle

Winning couple: Brian and Ramsi Stoker, who have been trying for a baby for four years, participated in the event and had 90 friends running for them - a ratio that paid off after the couple won the raffle

Winning couple: Brian and Ramsi Stoker, who have been trying for a baby for four years, participated in the event and had 90 friends running for them – a ratio that paid off after the couple won the raffle

One participant said before the raffle was drawn: 'One person wins and everyone else is destroyed.'

Mr and Mrs Stoker, who kissed in disbelief, said: 'We're going to Colorado to buy a lottery ticket today too. This is our lucky day.'