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The Cade Foundation

Bringing Joy by Building Families

The sound of children's laughter is like music to their ears. For the parents helped by the Cade Foundation, it is a reminder that it was worth the risk to gain the reward. 

In 2005, Drs. Camille and Jason Hammond founded the Cade Foundation with a mission to support families with infertility by providing education and grants that assist with the cost of treatment or domestic adoption.

The genesis of the foundation is personal for Dr. Hamond. She and her husband struggled for many years with infertility. After five years and six unsuccessful rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF), Dr. Hammond says, "We were counseled by our doctor to consider a gestational carrier or adoption. We didn't know anyone who had had IVF, let alone someone who had had someone carry a baby for them."

Dr. Hammond says that her mom and dad saw a TV segment about a post-menopausal woman who had successfully carried a baby for someone and that her mom wanted to do that.

Initially, the response was no. But with Dr. Hammonds' parents' persistence, they moved forward in faith. Her mom, Tinina Q. Cade, got the go-ahead from her doctor, and a year later, she delivered not just one baby, but three beautiful, healthy babies.

"We prayed for one and ended up with three perfect babies," Dr. Hammond says.

Desiring for others to achieve the goal of welcoming children to their families, and as a way to pay it forward, the Hammonds formed the Cade Foundation, named in honor of her mother, with the initial goal of helping one family.

Dr. Hammond explains, "We formed the nonprofit organization to serve the needs of families battling infertility. We support families struggling with infertility through education and outreach and strive to educate outside communities about relevant and related issues. In addition, the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation (TQCF) also provides financial assistance to families pursuing infertility treatment or domestic adoption through the TQCF Family Building Grant."

"Most of our grants go to people who are pursuing fertility treatments, others to domestic adoption. We commit to family-building and know that there is not one specific pathway to building a family. We're committed to all pathways because every family is different," adds Dr. Hammond, emphatically.

"In its inception, our goal was to raise $10,000 to gift because we knew small grants do not go very far in the fertility or private adoption world," Dr. Hammond says. "That goal, to raise $10,000 to help one family, has grown to help 127 families and award well over a million dollars."

In the last few months of social distancing, many philanthropic organizations have had to find creative ways to adapt. Dr. Hammond and the Cade Foundation certainly have not let the pandemic get in the way of bringing hope to struggling families.

"Infertility didn't go away because of Covid. We are continuing to do all that we can to meet the needs of families who have been touched by infertility, and we are doing that in several creative ways," she says.

Virtuality is the key to all the fundraisers, and the committees rose to the occasion with incredible creativity. The annual Cade Foundation Gala is scheduled this year with a twist. Christened, Le Diner Bleu, the gala will be held on Saturday, November 21, as a virtual event. Tickets include dinner, a bottle of wine and a table centerpiece. The meal from the guests' local restaurants will arrive at the same hour. Attendees will be placed in private rooms to dine at virtual tables with friends. After the meal, guests will play virtual games. Following that is a comedy concert and dance party with a live DJ. 

The annual Corks with Cade Maryland fundraising event in October continued the tradition with an artsy spin--a "Sip and Paint" and game night virtual event. Along with paint packets delivered to their homes, the participants enjoyed a sommelier who spoke about wine tastings. The September Corks with Cade California fundraising event featured a virtual cooking night with a celebrity chef. All the items to make the meal were delivered for guests to cook along with the chef.

"We had the virtual 5K that took place in two parts," says Dr. Hammond. "Part one was in June and part two, in October. Participants were from all over the country, each receiving a race shirt to wear as a unifying factor. It was so wonderful to see everyone in their shirts, united in purpose and commitment to overcoming infertility. So, despite the adversity, we continue to do the work we were founded to do."

Reaching far beyond the original goal of helping families, The Cade Foundation is doing more than gifting grants.

"We have come a long way. We can now provide education for healthcare providers concerning patients with infertility. We partner with Johns Hopkins Health to educate doctors on some of the issues related to infertility so that when patients come into the clinic, they now can refer them appropriately to local resources," Dr. Hammond says. "We are excited to begin a faith-based program in collaboration with the First Baptist Church of Glenarden. We will be partnering with the family ministry that deals with adoption, foster care and infertility. These are just examples of types of programs we are doing in education."

To sum it up, Doctor Hammond says, "We educate. We give money for family-building in whatever way the patient decides to build their family. And we advocate on both the state and national levels, providing support for bills presented that are supportive of family-building."

For Dr. Hammond, it was always her goal to help as many families as possible.

"I'm grateful to do something I love and for which I have a lot of passion and enthusiasm. I feel like I am living the dream!" she says sincerely.

Find more information about the gala and other events on the Events tab of CadeFoundation.org.

"Infertility didn't go away because of Covid. We are continuing to do all that we can to meet the needs of families who have been touched by infertility."

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